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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2206 ..

this work and have an opportunity to drill down on delivering these actions more closely with all of the responsible directorates.

Included in the plan going forward are a range of actions around procurement, gender perceptions in schools, and how we can make transport and planning decisions more inclusive of women’s views, to name just a few. Investigation of contemporary procurement practices is underway, as we look at how we can promote gender equity through procurement. Preliminary analysis has already begun about possible reform and the two-year action plan will see how we can progress this work.

Action is underway to look at gender perceptions in schools and how this may impact on the wellbeing of female students. This work is also underway with the establishment of the gender equity and education advisory committee as well as some preliminary research. This early work will be used to develop new, or adapt existing, policies, practices, training and resources to promote gender equity in schools.

Action to look at how we can improve processes for women’s perspectives to be better incorporated into master plans, territory plan reviews and urban design processes is also underway. I look forward to hearing more about this. There are too many actions to list here today. But, as I mentioned, over coming weeks I will be releasing a more concise report outlining what is next for gender equality in the ACT.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to notes from a staff meeting at the Canberra Hospital that was called to explain the staff restructure in the week following the announcement of the restructure. These notes state that staff raised questions about “significant dysfunction and poor culture” in the Health Directorate and asked whether a restructure would change things for the better. Minister, why is there significant dysfunction and a poor culture in the Health Directorate?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not familiar with that particular note, but if that is something that has been expressed by a member of staff, I would refer all members to my previous statements around the significant decisions I have recommended and taken regarding the future of ACT Health and my significant and extensive statements talking about ongoing consultation, particularly with staff of ACT Health, as we look towards the separation of ACT Health into two new organisations, in both of which it is one of my key priorities, as it is of the leadership team at ACT Health, to make sure that there is a positive and healthy culture in ACT Health.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how will a restructure address the reported significant dysfunction and poor culture in the Health Directorate?

MS FITZHARRIS: I again refer Mrs Dunne to my extensive previous statements that there are clearly governance challenges in ACT Health and I am taking very significant actions to improve those. I refer you to my previous answers.

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