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Question On Notice No. 1895 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 February 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the answer provided as Supplementary Information C6 in the 2017-18 Annual Report Hearings for the Department of Communities, in which the Committee was informed that an individual was for a short time employed by the Department of Health’s WA Country Health Service, but had ceased work by the time a negative notice was issued, and I ask:
(a) what responsibilities of that employee required a Working With Children Check; and
(b) did the employee come into contact with any children during their time in the position?

Answered on 4 April 2019

I am advised that:

(a) The employee was engaged as a cleaner at Kununurra Hospital. Cleaners are required to have Working With Children checks as they may have contact with children when they are cleaning hospital wards.

(b) The employee worked one 6.5 hour shift on 25 October 2016. Initial shifts for employees involve supervised site orientation; therefore, it is unlikely that a cleaner on their first day of work would have had any unsupervised contact with any patients or a child.