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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 572 ..

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) (10.08): It is great today to have the opportunity to update the Assembly as we draw to the end of the system-wide review of ACT Health data.

As members are aware, significant work has occurred within the Health Directorate over the past 12 months since the review commenced last year. When I announced this comprehensive review, I committed to providing quarterly updates to the Assembly as this work progressed and today I am very pleased to deliver my fourth update in this place.

Overall, I am very pleased to say that the system-wide review has been instrumental in resetting and enabling effective data management practices across the ACT Health Directorate. I am confident that the directorate now has a definitive performance reporting and data management strategy which, if we continue to support it, will transition ACT Health to a best practice data and reporting health organisation.

The system-wide review has enabled the directorate to constructively learn, build capability and expertise, and address root cause and systemic issues. We now look forward to building on the momentum that has been created from the review to move towards a hospital and healthcare system that is accountable, transparent and responsive, which overall will better inform and deliver the community’s healthcare needs.

The system-wide review is just the start of the journey. The directorate recognises that there is still much to do to be an exemplar jurisdiction. I am very pleased that we can now say we are on a course that will support innovation in data reporting to meet local community, territory-wide and national requirements.

I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the notable key outcomes of the system-wide review that have occurred since my last update. These are, first, meeting external reporting obligations such as the recently released 2018 Report on government services and the 2016-17 ACT Health annual report. Second, ensuring security and access policies are in place, so that personal information is kept confidential and is stored and released with the appropriate privacy safeguards. Third, embedding strong governance models to ensure decisions regarding our data are made by those with appropriate skill and delegation. Fourth, building enduring relationships with external data reporting agencies, such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Fifth, embedding a directorate-wide front-door “reporting coordination unit”, so that both internal and external stakeholders have a centralised point of contact for data and reporting matters.

Sixth, engaging independent experts to review the system-wide review activities to ensure that they are comprehensive and that all systemic issues are addressed. Seventh, embedding a number of key quality assurance processes to ensure that the data is

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