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Question Without Notice No. 409 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 August 2021 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


409. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

I refer the minister to the response to question without notice 893, asked by Hon Alison Xamon on 10 September 2020, in which the then parliamentary secretary to the then Minister for Mental Health confirmed the McGowan government's commitment to implementing the national code of conduct for healthcare workers here in WA, and to applying it in regard to those practising gender conversion therapy. At the time, the parliamentary secretary noted that the legislation was still being drafted.

(1) Can the minister update the house on the current status of any such legislation?

(2) Can he identify the manner in which the national code might apply to those engaged in the provision of gender conversion therapy?

Hon KYLE McGINN replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. This answer was provided to the Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Health.

(1) The drafting of bills for introduction is a decision of cabinet and is cabinet-in-confidence.

(2) The national code will provide a set of minimum standards against which to assess whether a healthcare worker's conduct, in the event of a complaint or investigation, constitutes a breach of the code and poses a serious risk to public health and safety. This includes breaches of provisions of the code that a healthcare worker must not make claims about the efficacy of treatment or services if those claims cannot be substantiated, and requires that a healthcare worker must provide only services or treatments to clients that are designed to maintain or improve a client's health and wellbeing.