Whether it’s for a routine check-up, a sudden broken bone, a much-anticipated birth or a chronic illness, the ACT Government is committed to delivering better care when you need it.

That’s why we went to the last election with a 10-Year Health Plan to renew our local hospitals and health facilities so they can deliver care in ways that are easy for everyone to access.

The 2017-18 Budget kicks off that plan with new investment across community, primary and specialist care. Our $443 million new investment through this Budget builds on the $1.6 billion the ACT Government already invests in healthcare and wellbeing for Canberrans each year.

Better health facilities

Canberrans already have access to great hospitals and health services, but this Budget invests even more to expand and improve our local health facilities.

We are starting work on a new Walk in Centre in Gungahlin and planning for centres in the Weston Creek region and the inner north. We are also upgrading acute aged care and oncology facilities at the Canberra Hospital to deliver better patient care and comfort.

With this Budget we are looking ahead by starting planning and scoping work for the major Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre at the Canberra Hospital and for expanding the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. We will also start work to better understand the current and future service and health infrastructure needs in Canberra’s north. These initiatives will ensure Canberra’s hospitals keep getting better as our community grows.

Better care in the community

This Budget boosts access to good local healthcare by encouraging more GPs to bulk bill in Canberra’s southside.

We will also deliver two new mobile dental clinics to service vulnerable communities and schools, and employ more graduate nurses for frontline health care.

We are proactively protecting young people’s health by introducing health checks for all Year 7 students. These checks will help identify students at risk of developing mental health issues and chronic disease, so that they can receive targeted preventative treatment. We are also continuing to protect expectant mums by delivering free whooping cough vaccinations during pregnancy.

Better mental health

With this Budget, the ACT Government is investing to promote better mental health for Canberrans.

We are increasing targeted mental health services across the generations, with more support for pregnant women and new mothers, children and adolescents and older Canberrans. We will also invest more in suicide prevention through the Black Dog Institute and the Way Back program, as well as adding new beds at the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit.

We will create a dedicated Office for Mental Health to improve the coordination of services for people struggling with their mental health, and work towards closing gaps in the ACT mental health system.


Related

Media Release: Delivering better health care when and where you need it

Budget Statements C: Health Directorate (pdf 4.7MB)

Budget Statements C: Health Directorate (word 1.4 MB)