Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Commissioner for Health Services and Services for Older People

We were very fortunate to have Mary Durkin, Commissioner for Health Services and Services for Older People, speak at our AGM recently.

The Commissioner provided an overview of the role of the Commission and went on to outline the ways in which our current legislation, the Human Rights Commission Act 2005, enables her to contribute to the safety and quality of health services provided in the ACT.

The Commissioner also spoke about the current move to establish a national Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions. The Committee established to progress this initiative recently released its consultation paper Proposed arrangements for handling complaints and dealing with performance, health and conduct matters. The Commissioner commented that the model proposed is significantly different to the current model of independent health complaints commissions.

HCCA is currently considering the discussion paper for consultation and are seeking your input on this.

The Commissioner's speech is available online and I encourage you to read it.

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