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ACT Health data. There have been 175 recommendations made in these reports. The health data review that you released on 21 August this year stated that ACT Health had completed the implementation of 69 of these recommendations as at March this year. Why has ACT Health fully implemented less than half of the recommendations of reports by the Auditor-General and consultants on health issues?

MS FITZHARRIS: Some of the recommendations were longer term; some are duplicative. But what is important about the system-wide data review, which has now completed, is that it has done a full accounting, and that has been subject to independent external evaluation. Those have been met and now the review and its implementation plan will lead on from all of those recommendations and seek to not only address those recommendations but also plan for a future where clinicians and consumers and external reporting bodies can be confident of the integrity and usefulness of ACT Health data.

MR HANSON: Minister, what impact has the high level of churn in Health managers and senior executives had on the failure to implement these recommendations?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not aware of any in particular, but what I am very pleased about is that the review has concluded. It was overseen by a review panel that included senior representatives of ACT Health and the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. It was also sat on by senior representatives of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the CEO of the National Health Funding Body, two well-regarded commonwealth agencies that provided tremendous oversight to the system-wide data review.

It took 12 months. It needed to take 12 months. It needed to be widely consulted on with staff. It is an excellent review. I am very pleased that it was able to be tabled in the chamber this week, and I look forward to us getting on and implementing the recommendations, noting, of course, that the government funded one of the foundation recommendations, which was to establish a data warehouse. That work is well underway, and I am feeling very confident about the future of ACT Health data. I am also very much looking forward to providing more information to our community so that they can access good information about our ACT health system and its performance.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why does ACT Health commission expensive reports from consultants only to have the recommendations of these reports ignored?

MS FITZHARRIS: They were not ignored.

Education—digital assessment tools

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, in your future of education statement, you said:

Consistent with the government’s existing investment in technology in education, the government will implement digital tools and platforms for a range of purposes such as monitoring and evaluating student progress and enabling

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