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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 June 2018) . . Page.. 2007 ..

strong science, technology, engineering and maths skills. By providing real-world situations for students to work on, we can show them how valuable their education is, what they are capable of, and get them passionate about the classroom of their future.

The academy will also aim to increase the workforce representation of students from low SES backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as students for whom English is an additional or second language.

Engineering Australia reports that fewer than six per cent of girls across Australia studied physics in year 12 and over five per cent more boys studied advanced math than girls. Connecting students with local industry and problem solving scenarios engages students to keep them keen to learn STEM and on track to continue this work in the local industry after they finish school.

ACT Health—governance

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, in your ministerial statement this morning about the accreditation process at the Canberra Hospital, you stated, “The directorate’s governance framework, clinical governance framework and corporate plan play an important role in guiding and demonstrating how the organisation goes about achieving its vision.” But you then went on to acknowledge that these documents were out of date at the time of the accreditation process. Minister, why were these important standards out of date at the time of the Canberra Hospital accreditation process?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. They should not have been. They have since been reviewed, as I acknowledged in my statement this morning.

Mrs Dunne: Did you get an explanation?

Mr Wall: You are responsible.

MS FITZHARRIS: The directorate is responsible for the production and the update of business plans and corporate plans within the directorate. They were clearly not up to date and every effort is being made, as I outlined extensively this morning, to make sure that they are for re-accreditation of the hospital.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, did you seek an explanation as to why these documents were late, and what responsibility did you as the minister for health take for not updating these important documents?

MS FITZHARRIS: Again I refer to my statement this morning and also inform the Assembly that everything is being done for ACT Health to achieve re-accreditation next month. It is certainly the case that there has been significant work underway within ACT Health for what are very clearly directorate-level responsibilities to undertake clear corporate and clinical governance.

Mrs Dunne: And you take no responsibility? You were responsible.

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