ACT Government releases interim report into workplace culture in public health services

Released 08/02/2019

The ACT Government has today released the interim report from the Independent Review into the Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services. The interim report outlines a number of recommendations, with a final report due by 30 March 2019.

The ACT Government has agreed to all of the recommendations in principle, noting that this is an interim report.

The Government understands the importance of working with staff and stakeholders to put the final recommendations into practice in a way that drives the real change we need to see.

“The independent review was necessary to ensure our public health system can deliver a high level of care to the community and be an employer of choice for all health professions,” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris.

“I’d like to join with the panel members and sincerely thank the more than 2,000 people who engaged in this review.

“The report clearly shows that people want to see change, and were keen to be involved in this review. Through this level of engagement, we are in a much better place to understand the issues and respond appropriately, so thank you for putting your faith in this process.

“The report released today provides difficult reading, and I’m sorry that there are people who work within our health services who have experienced bullying, intimidation and harassment. This is not acceptable and we will need to work together to stamp it out.”

The panel will now conduct a final round of consultation with key stakeholders before finalising the report in coming weeks.

“I am pleased the interim report acknowledges a number of recent improvements in structure, process and approach, acknowledging that there is more work to do.

“I have commenced discussions with the leadership within our public health services to determine how we respond to these findings and start implementing the recommendations as soon as possible.

“The report makes it clear that these issues are not unique to the ACT. However we are taking decisive action, and I believe we are leading the nation when it comes to tackling these issues. We look forward to receiving the final report.

“I’d like to thank the panel, Mr Mick Reid (Chair), Ms Fiona Brew and Professor David Watters for their professional and compassionate expertise and leadership as they have conducted this review,” said Minister Fitzharris.

To view the interim report go to:

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