Statement in relation to ACT Health motion

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

“Everyone has a right to feel respected, supported and safe at work. Any allegations of bullying must be investigated, and appropriate action taken,” ACT Greens Health spokesperson Shane Rattenbury said today.

“However, the Greens do not believe that a comprehensive investigation and resolution of complaints requires the equivalent time and resources of a Royal Commission.

“There are a number of existing avenues through which complaints may be investigated, including with the independent ACT Health Services Commissioner, the ACT Ombudsman, the Auditor General and the Public Sector Standards Commissioner, and through the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) process.”

The Greens will instead bring forward series of substantial amendments to the motion, noting that the proposal has come about at a time of significant organisational change for ACT Health.

“If agreed, our amendments will commit the Health Minister to instruct the new Director-General of ACT Health and the new CEO of Canberra Hospital and Health Services to drive a culture of respect and zero tolerance for bullying in the two new organisations as a priority of the ACT Government. I will also reaffirm this commitment in my own role, as Minister for Mental Health.

“Our amendments will also commit the Government to provide an update to the Assembly by the last sitting day this year on the number of bullying complaints, investigations, outcomes and actions in ACT Health and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.

“We will also be seeking a formal commitment from Government to report on improvements to staff culture and behaviour though the implementation of the ACT Health organisational changes, the Quality Strategy and other measures, as appropriate,” Mr Rattenbury added.