Page 479 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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MRS DUNNE: Minister, what action have you taken to satisfy yourself that you have not misled the Assembly either today or on 14 February?

MS FITZHARRIS: Many actions, including intensive discussions with my directorate, which resulted in the review announced yesterday. I maintain that there is very strong interest in making sure that this review is conducted thoroughly over the course of the next 12 months, including providing the quarterly reporting that I committed to yesterday.

ACT Health—mental health data

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. Minister, Minister Fitzharris’s statement in the Assembly refers to data not being available for publication in chapter 13 of the Productivity Commission’s report on government services relating to mental health services. A reading of chapter 13 shows that the datasets missing were from 2014-15. Minister, why was the Health Directorate unable to provide statistics relating to mental health services for 2014-15?

MR RATTENBURY: The Minister for Health, who has taken the lead on this matter, has outlined the reasons for the problems. She has also indicated the steps that have been taken. I am aware of these matters. I am also being briefed by Health and I am working with the minister to get to the bottom of this. It is a regrettable situation and it is very disappointing because having accurate data is an important foundation for us going forward.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, is the data in the 2014-15 annual report relating to mental health services correct?

MR RATTENBURY: I will take that on notice and check for you, Mrs Dunne.

MRS JONES: Minister, what data sets related to mental health have problems with their accuracy?

MR RATTENBURY: I will provide Mrs Jones with a detailed response on notice.

Family and domestic violence—government initiatives

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Minister, the ACT government has committed to a whole-of-government response to violence against women and children, and to making our community safer for everyone. Can you please update the Assembly on the latest outcomes with regard to this priority?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for the question. Tackling domestic and family violence is a key priority for the ACT government. This is why the government created a dedicated funding source through the safer families levy, and it is why a new portfolio was created that was solely focused on the prevention of domestic and family violence in our community.

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