Page 5048 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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was also an opportunity for stakeholders to raise questions or concerns about the proposed GLS scheme and its practical implementation and to discuss possible options to mitigate these concerns. Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick from the University of New South Wales led an insightful discussion around the strong evidence that illustrates how GLS measures can, and do, save young lives.

As a result of the issues raised at the forum, the new discussion paper was finalised, and released on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 for a period of four weeks. Consultation on the new discussion paper has just closed. Work is now underway to collate the feedback and form an implementation plan. I would like to thank the community members who provided feedback during the consultation. It has helped shape a package of reforms that are not only evidence based but also a well-considered and well-tested response to the reality that young people are over-represented in fatal and serious injury accidents in the ACT, and equally an outcome that can meet the practical needs of our younger drivers. I present the following paper:

ACT Graduated Licensing Scheme Reforms—Update—Ministerial statement, 29 November 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mental health services

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (10.21): I am pleased to speak to the motion passed in the last sitting to outline the progress that we are making in the mental health portfolio. Firstly, I would like to update the Assembly on the government’s response to the independent external review of mental health inpatient services within ACT Health. The independent review was commissioned as part of the ACT government’s response to the not met report during the ACT Health accreditation process.

In a public release in June, ACT Health accepted all 12 of the recommendations made by the review team. Today I am tabling the report, including all of its recommendations, and ACT Health’s response to those recommendations with this statement. The reviewers found that the bed-based mental health and drug withdrawal programs of mental health, justice health and alcohol and drug services, MHJHADS, were very competently managed by a skilled and experienced senior management team. The reviewers also found that MHJHADS is using state-of-the art ligature-safe products to mitigate the risk of inpatient suicide.

While progress on each of the recommendations is provided in the documents I have tabled, I take this opportunity to speak specifically to a few of the recommendations.

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