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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1679 ..

In terms of violence, one in four Australian women—2.2 million women—have experienced violence by an intimate partner since the age of 15. So it remains critical that, where possible, support is available in the form of either funding or policies that can allow individuals, collectives or organisations in our community to develop and run programs to make a difference for women and girls.

Even small ideas can lead to significant and real change. I hope that the ACT women’s grants can make a real difference for women in our community. I encourage members to support the program by encouraging community groups that they know to apply for the grants.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, did anyone, including the former director-general of your directorate, counsel you against splitting the Health Directorate in half?


MISS C BURCH: Minister, who did you consult about this decision before it was announced?

MS FITZHARRIS: A range of different people.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, will staff continue to be consulted on the restructure?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cheyne for that question. Absolutely. As I indicated previously, that decision was taken by me precisely because it provided close to six months of consultation with staff about how they would like to be engaged in this process, and also because many staff felt like they had not been engaged in processes in ACT Health. My belief is that they welcome this. I really look forward to working with them over the coming months about these two new organisations, which I believe will improve the performance, the governance and the delivery of health services to our community.

Canberra Hospital—accreditation

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to comments made by the president of the ACT AMA, Dr Robson, on 19 April 2018 about the accreditation problems facing the Canberra Hospital. Dr Robson said:

When the governance is wonky it sends ripples through the entire organisation … There’s been a huge upheaval at ACT Health recently and a lot of balls in the air.

Their accreditation runs out in July, unless they meet that, it would be a bit of a disaster.

Minister, what contingency plans have you made in case the Canberra Hospital fails to gain accreditation?

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