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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 September 2017) . . Page.. 3843 ..

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Pettersson for today due to illness.

ACT Health—system-wide data review quarterly update

Ministerial statement

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.16): Thank you for the opportunity to update the Assembly on the important issue of ACT health data. As the Assembly is aware, and as I have regularly informed colleagues, I am pleased to advise that work is continuing on the important ACT Health system-wide data review that is due for completion by 31 March 2018. The effective and efficient delivery of quality health services to the people of Canberra is a high priority, and to do this we need accurate and timely data so that we can monitor and track our performance.

Madam Speaker, as I have explained in my previous reports to the Assembly, earlier this year I ordered an urgent, comprehensive, system-wide review into ACT Health’s data and reporting after the ACT Health Directorate did not provide data to external bodies for annual reporting requirements, including the comparison of the performance of states and territories. This review has been designed to ensure robust quality assurance of ACT Health’s data into the future, as outlined in the terms of reference I tabled in this place in March this year.

In the interests of being open and transparent I resolved to keep members informed of progress, and today I am pleased to provide the second update. The plan for this review, which is due for completion by the end of March next year, involves a range of activities to be completed over three milestones. These milestones are 30 June 2017, 30 September 2017 and 31 March 2018. Milestone 1 comprises the activities due for completion by 30 June 2017.

As specified, a range of system-wide review activities have been completed and are known as the milestone 1 deliverables. In summary, the milestone 1 activities addressed: pillar 2, phase 1, establishing revised governance processes and protocols for data management, reporting and analysis; pillar 3, phase 1, the development of a framework for the provision of essential data reports derived directly from source systems in the interim process; and pillar 5, provision of a detailed road map to address existing recommendations from the Auditor-General and other ACT Health external advisers.

Specifically, I am pleased to advise of the following. The activities of pillar 2, phase 1 involved the development of processes and protocols, including the following: the implementation of formalised change processes for source systems, datasets and data queries; the documentation of clear delineation of responsibility for managing different stages of the extraction, transformation and reporting and analysis of data;

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