Page 4847 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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MS FITZHARRIS: Not that I am aware of.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, was theatre 14 one of the theatres that did not have a recorded test result in the accreditation survey? Have the missing HEPA filter records been found?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not sure, in answer to the first question; and in relation to the second question, given that the accrediting team and the draft accreditation report indicated that that was something that they felt was not met, to the extent that they then gave Canberra Hospital and ACT Health full accreditation for three years I believe indicates that all the issues they raised had been satisfied.


MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. On 21 June 2018, during estimates, you stated that “the Stromlo pool that the government is building will have a hydrotherapy pool in it”. The Minister for Sport and Recreation has since advised Mrs Dunne, in a letter dated 26 October 2018, that “the Stromlo leisure centre does not include a stand-alone hydrotherapy pool but will include the multi-purpose program pool that will cater for some types of aquatic therapy”. Minister, why did you advise the estimates committee that the Stromlo leisure centre would have a hydrotherapy pool in it?

MS FITZHARRIS: These matters were covered in annual reports hearings. I indicated that I had clarified that advice that hydrotherapy services would be available. There have since been, as was covered in the annual reports hearings, a number of different views around the temperature of the water. But it has been made clear now that there will not be a hydrotherapy pool in the definition of a pool that I believe, from memory, is heated to 33 degrees. That will not be provided at Stromlo.

MS LEE: Minister, what action will you take to ensure that all people living in the south of Canberra will have access to a hydrotherapy pool?

MS FITZHARRIS: We are working, again as was discussed at annual reports hearings, with a range of different organisations and individuals on providing access to warm water pools, to hydrotherapy pools and to hydrotherapy services wherever people live in the ACT.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you review the statement you made in estimates on 21 June, and will you correct the record and apologise to the Assembly and the committee for misleading the Assembly and the community in your statement of 21 June?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I caution you that the language “misleading” needs to be in a substantive motion.

MS FITZHARRIS: I believe that the advice I gave in estimates was based on advice I had received. I subsequently clarified with the annual report committee last week

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