Culture Review Implementation

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On 10 September 2018, the Minister for Health and Wellbeing announced the establishment of an Independent Review into the Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services.

The Review was established to explore:

  • the workplace culture of public healthcare services in the ACT including:
    • the Canberra Hospital
    • Calvary Public Hospital
    • Health Directorate
    • Canberra Health Services
  • what is working well, including examples of best practice workplace culture
  • ideas for how we can improve workplace culture
  • workforce policies including complaints/management processes
  • claims made in relation to inappropriate conduct and behaviours.

The Terms of Reference for the Review required the Independent Panel to provide their final report to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing by 30 March 2019. The final report was released by the Minister on 7 March 2019.

The Interim Report (released on 1 February 2019) is also available.

The Report made 20 recommendations which have been accepted in-principle by ACT Government.

Culture Review Oversight Group

The Culture Review Oversight Group has been established to drive the implementation of all recommendations of the review and ensure a strong governance framework for the territory-wide response.

The Group’s membership includes:

  • Minister for Health (Chair)
  • Minister for Mental Health
  • Director-General of the ACT Health Directorate
  • Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Health Services
  • Regional Chief Executive Officer of Calvary ACT
  • Regional Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union
  • Branch Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ACT)
  • President of the Australia Medical Association (ACT)
  • Executive Director of the Health Care Consumers Association (ACT)
  • President of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ACT)
  • President of the Visiting Medical Officers Association (ACT)
  • Dean, College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University
  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra

The Culture Review Oversight Group meets quarterly. You can read the Meeting Communique for more information:

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference - Culture Review Oversight Group


If you have any questions about the Independent Review or the implementation process for the recommendations email

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Culture Review Implementation Commitment

Signed Culture Review Commitment Document
Page last updated on: 20 Aug 2019