Page 4845 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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advice people want in this setting. This will be monitored to understand how well the pilot is operating. Depending on the outcomes, the service will end, be extended or scaled up.

The bulk of the family safety hub efforts remain focused on this trial as we learn what it takes to move from the idea stage of the challenge process to implementation. A second project to reduce the stigma around seeking help is the initial testing phase, with feedback indicating that the idea should shift from a top-down general campaign, to a bottom-up grassroots campaign. Further testing will be taking place in the coming months. Another project around the development of prevention activities—by engaging fathers in pregnancy—is at the research stage with early findings being completed.

Finally, a project looking at how to prevent or minimise reproductive coercion is currently in the research stage. Further research is required and there are a number of emerging elements to his area of focus. I also note that, over the weekend, Marie Stopes Australia released a policy white paper on this issue, which coincides with the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

ACT Health—catering expenditure

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. On 14 August ACT Health paid $13,600 for ACT Health staff to attend a leadership forum at the National Museum at $80 a head. ACT Health officials also enjoyed a choice of afternoon tea and morning tea. Why was this level of catering expenditure deemed appropriate and who approved it?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not have the detail of who approved it. I will take it on notice.

MISS C BURCH: How does the expenditure per person for lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea compare to the expenditure per hospital patient for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will see if I can answer that question.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are there plans to hold future leadership meetings with a similar level of expenditure to what we saw for the event last August?

MS FITZHARRIS: I certainly hope that there continues to be ongoing and deep collaboration and engagement with staff. As any professional would understand, it is vitally important to work and engage with staff. It is particularly important in a period of change to enable staff to come together, particularly those staff who have leadership roles right across delivering our public health care here in the ACT. It is essential that they do this.

I will continue to support ACT Health, Canberra Health Services and, indeed, any organisation in supporting their staff to develop their leadership skills, to develop collaboration skills and to find an opportunity outside the day-to-day business of

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