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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) (11.03): I thank the Assembly for the opportunity to update it on this important issue. As members are aware, work is continuing on the ACT Health system-wide data review that commenced earlier this year. When I announced this comprehensive review, I committed to make quarterly updates to the Assembly on the progress of the review. Today I am pleased to provide my third update to the Assembly.

As outlined in September, a single report outlining 175 recommendations has been consolidated. Each of these recommendations has been categorised and a program of work established to prioritise and address each recommendation. This work is being carried out in four phases. Since this program of work has been developed, and as part of phase 1, ACT Health has engaged an independent auditor to assess each recommendation and provide a baseline assessment from which measurement of progress can be undertaken.

Following on from this, I am pleased to report today that of the 175 recommendations over 30 per cent have been completed, over 50 per cent are well underway and there are only seven of the 175 that are yet to be commenced. This program of works is being rolled out as part of the new ACT Health informatics strategy. As I have previously advised, the strategy comprises focused areas of work, known as domains, and will result in a library of information for the directorate to confidently manage its data going forward.

Since my last update, significant progress has been made against these domains. For example, this includes: continuing to strengthen our understanding and relationships with the external governance committees that influence ACT Health data reporting requirements; documenting all existing metrics that are derived from our essential reports provided to external organisations; establishing a new reporting coordination governance unit to act as a front door on reporting matters and to facilitate reporting requests across the directorate; recruiting resources to manage change control processes in relation to data management change and/or process; continuing to improve internal data quality processes, including piloting the development of data quality statements for key data sets; partnering with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which is also on the external review panel, to ensure that ACT Health’s data definitions and metrics are consistent with national definitions and are accessible to staff across the directorate; and embedding senior managers into the data reporting process and identifying any gaps in capabilities so further training of staff involved in data reporting can be undertaken where required.

On the performance measurement framework, the external review panel is continuing to meet regularly and is providing constructive advice to the directorate that is shaping the outcomes and development work of the system-wide review. For example, recent

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