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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 925 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

MENTAL HEALTH — CLINICAL GOVERNANCE REVIEW

925. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to the clinical governance review arising from the interim health services review.

(1) Will the minister please table the terms of reference for the clinical services review?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) When is it anticipated that the review will commence and be finalised?

(4) Will the minister commit to not undertaking any substantive changes to governance or services until such time as the review is completed?

(5) If no to (4), why not?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes. I now table a copy of the terms of reference of the review.

[See paper 2032.]

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The review is expected to commence in late October–early November. Unfortunately, a member of the review panel recently stepped down as they are now moving interstate. A replacement reviewer is currently being sourced. The timing and methodology of the review will be determined, in large part, by the review panel; however, it is anticipated the review will be finalised within six months.

(4)–(5) The minister does not intend to undertake any substantive changes to mental health governance or services until such time as the review is complete; however, the minister remains responsive to the needs of the mental health system and the community and therefore cannot unequivocally rule out any changes.