Page 4913 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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In celebrating 40 years, the HCCA also said thank you and farewell to Dr Sue Andrews, former chair of the HCCA board, after six years of dedicated stewardship. I would like to thank Dr Andrews for her steady guidance, her commitment to consumers having choice and control, and equitable access to health care for all members of our community. Dr Andrews has given generously of her time and energy over the past six years, and her understanding and promotion of consumer engagement are deeply appreciated. Dr Andrews remains an active consumer representative, including continuing to chair the centre for care close to home steering committee.

I would also like to acknowledge the incoming president, Mr Alan Thomas, who has been a long-term HCCA member, consumer rep and committee member. I look forward to continuing the excellent engagement between the government and the HCCA under his guidance.

I acknowledge Ms Janne Graham, the first person to receive a life membership to HCCA, in recognition of her passionate and influential consumer advocacy with HCCA since the early days of the organisation. I also acknowledge Darlene Cox, executive director, for her ongoing and fearless leadership, and robust approach to ensuring good outcomes for people accessing the ACT’s public healthcare system.

I have no doubt that HCCA will continue to be a driving force in supporting healthcare consumers and their carers to engage in their own health journey. I would like to finish by congratulating the Health Care Consumers Association on its 40th year and all of its significant work to support consumers to participate in the creation of a high quality and patient-centred health service for Canberrans.


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (6.55): It has been a great year for the ACT, and the directorates in my portfolios as minister have worked hard to provide better services for the people of Canberra.

As we leave this place for the last time in 2018, it is important to thank those who enable us to serve Canberrans. While it is the time of year to relax and have some recreation with family and friends, I want to pay my sincere respects to the front-line service personnel who continue to protect the Canberra community over the holiday period. Our ambos, our SES, our parks people, our firies and police officers perform a vital role in keeping our city safe, and I thank them for the time with family that they will miss to ensure that the rest of the city can enjoy Christmas in security and safety. Their commitment to serving the community should be acknowledged and praised. I also acknowledge the families of these personnel who sacrifice family time with their loved ones.

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