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MR BARR: I think I am being asked for an expression of opinion. But I will offer one: I imagine it will be positively received.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, you said that it was a matter of priority. When will this work be completed?
MR BARR: As soon as possible.
ACT Health—policy framework advisory group
MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister the ACT government has just released an EOI for the advisory group for the draft territory-wide health services framework. What will this group do?
MS FITZHARRIS: I am very pleased to advise the Assembly that yesterday the expression of interest was released for the advisory group to guide the territory-wide health services framework. This advisory group will be a 10-member advisory group made up of a wide range of individuals. I encourage people, if they are currently considering whether they would like to play a role, to read the draft territory-wide health services framework and put in an expression of interest.
The advisory group will guide the work undertaken under the territory-wide health services framework, in particular, the work to establish a clinical centres specialty services plan as well as advise on models of care. One of the things that I will also be asking the group to do will be to consider how best the government and ACT Health engage specifically with stakeholder groups and the broader community.
MS CODY: What will the focus of the advisory group be?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cody for the supplementary. The focus of the advisory group will be to represent broad views within the community, to represent specialist, expert and clinical views, not necessarily to represent one particular clinical specialty or one particular group. Their focus will be on finalising the draft territory-wide health services framework. I am providing guidance to the speciality services planning; again, as I mentioned in my previous answer, particularly in the early stages, to provide advice on engagement with the broader community.
MR STEEL: Minister, how will the advisory group be composed, and what impact will this have on the framework?
MS FITZHARRIS: The advisory group will be a 10-member advisory group. We will try to get the broadest representation on this advisory group that we can, because we know that so many different stakeholders within our community have a strong interest in and a lot to offer on how we shape the important delivery of health services over the next 10 years. I will ask the advisory group to have a particular focus on making sure that we can be the healthiest city in the country—that Canberrans can stay healthy and well—and that within our health system, which is very complex, the system as a whole is really focused on the needs of the patients; that they work with