Glen Abernethy – Building Stronger Families – An Action Plan to Transform Child and Family Services

Glen Abernethy - Official PortraitMr. Speaker, later today I will table “Building Stronger Families – An Action Plan to Transform Child and Family Services”as well as the formal response to Committee Report 6-17(5).  This Government is committed to a fundamental shift in how we deliver child and family services in the Northwest Territories. The Action Plan will guide necessary and transformational changes to improve the overall quality of these services, and achieve better outcomes for children and their families when they require services under the Child and Family Services Act.

In the past four years, over 100 recommendations have been made with respect to legislation, policies and practice in child and family services.  The Standing Committee on Social Programs of the 16th Legislative Assembly undertook a comprehensive review of the Child and Family Services Act, and in March 2014 the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly.  This was followed by the report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, which was tabled in the last Session.

“Building Stronger Families: An Action Plan to Transform Child and Family Services” forms the Government’s comprehensive response to the Auditor General of Canada’s report on Child and Family Services and the report from the Standing Committee on Government Operations.

The Action Plan outlines three overarching goals of increasing accountability between Health Authorities and the Department, improving service delivery, and better assisting children and families in our communities.  The Plan identifies three significant areas of reform.  The first will be to make changes to service delivery and child protection practices.  The second will focus on risk management and quality assurance; and the third will be to improve program administration and management.

Three proponents qualify for Stanton Territorial Hospital renewal project

YELLOWKNIFE (October 2, 2014) – The renewal of the Stanton Territorial Hospital moved closer today with the announcement by Finance Minister J. Michael Miltenberger that three proponents have qualified for the project, pursuant to the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Request for Qualifications.

The three proponents are:

Glen Abernethy – Our Elders: Our Communities

Mr. Speaker, every day, seniors across the NWT make important contributions to their families, their friends and their communities. We don’t always give them the credit they deserve, but recognizing June as Seniors’ Month in the Northwest Territories and June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is one way to show our appreciation to NWT seniors. Today, we are wearing purple boutonnieres to raise awareness about elder abuse and its many forms – financial, emotional and physical. I would like to welcome and recognize members of the NWT Seniors’ Society and the Yellowknife Seniors’ Society present in the gallery today.

Glen Abernethy – Child and Family Services

Mr. Speaker, on March 4, 2014, this Assembly received a report on Child and Family Services from the Auditor General of Canada. The report confirmed what we already knew – that we need to do a better job of supporting children and families. It highlighted areas where our system has seriously failed. It told how some children are falling through the cracks, and how some Health and Social Services Authorities have not routinely followed up on the well-being of children placed into care. These situations are unacceptable.

Glen Abernethy – Electronic Medical Records

Mr. Speaker, we are transforming the way we use technology to deliver health care to our residents. People all over the world use secure, accessible technology for banking or to connect with their friends and family. Now we can use it to improve access to health services and provide better care to our residents. We are moving from paper records to digital charts to create electronic medical records, often referred to as an EMR. This is an electronic version of a paper chart that contains a patient’s medical history and primary care information. It will be implemented over the next several years and will be used Territory-wide.

Glen Abernethy – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Pan-Territorial Symposium March 4-5, 2014

Mr. Speaker, investing in prevention, education and awareness, and early childhood development are priorities of the 17th Legislative Assembly. On March 4th and 5th, the Department of Health and Social Services will host the Canada Northwest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Partnership Symposium. The theme is Sharing Voices, Inspiring Hope: FASD in Northern Communities – Finding Solutions that Work. Professionals and com