Chief Psychiatrist

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:39): Supplementary question: given that Dr Brian McKenny has been acting in the role of chief psychiatrist since the departure of Dr Aaron Groves, a fine chief psychiatrist, to Tasmania, when is it envisaged that a new permanent chief psychiatrist will be appointed?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse) (14:39): Let me thank the honourable member for his supplementary question. The process of recruiting our new chief psychiatrist is underway and we would hope that that appointment is completed sooner rather than later.

The PRESIDENT: The Hon. Ms Gago, this is your last question of your parliamentary career so good luck.

The Hon. G.E. GAGO: Thank you, sir.

An honourable member: She might have a supplementary.

The Hon. G.E. GAGO: Well I may, too. I might have several.