Health and hospitals

Delivering accessible, high quality healthcare is one of the ACT Government’s top priorities. We already invest around $10,000 a year for every Canberra household to deliver quality care in our hospitals and local health services. The 2018 Budget will deliver a significant boost to frontline staff and services.

$7.8 billion over 4 years supporting the health of Canberrans

Health matters

We will invest almost $2 billion a year on our public hospitals, which provide frontline and critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More than 3,100 nurses and nearly 1,000 doctors work across the ACT health system, providing the personal, quality care Canberrans expect and deserve. This year we anticipate around 119,000 admissions to our public hospitals and 148,000 presentations to Canberra’s Emergency Departments. Our public hospitals will also deliver more than 10,700 emergency surgeries and 14,000 elective surgeries.

Walk in Centres

Our Walk in Centres provide medical care closer to home and ensure people with minor injuries or illnesses are seen quickly without visiting the Emergency Department.

We are building a network of five Walk in Centres across Canberra, with two already operating in Tuggeranong and Belconnen. Construction on the $2.9 million Gungahlin Walk in Centre has started and is expected to be open in late 2018.

Weston Creek will open in 2019, and planning is underway for a centre in central Canberra.

University of Canberra Hospital opens for patients

The new University of Canberra Hospital will treat its first patients in July.

The hospital will improve support for people recovering from illnesses, surgery, or injury, and those experiencing mental illness. It will be the largest rehabilitation centre in the ACT and surrounds, with capacity for 140 inpatient beds, 75 day places, and additional outpatient services. The co-location of the hospital’s rehabilitation services and specialist staff will make it easier for people to access the care they need.

Major new health infrastructure to meet Canberra’s future needs

The ACT Government is progressing plans for the new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Centre (SPIRE), the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, and future hospital options for Canberra’s northside.

In this budget: 4000 more elective surgeries over the next 4 years, expanding hispital in the home to 3,000 more patients per year, boosting emergency department staff, more hospital beds during the winter flu season, & to support maternity sevrices, upgrading the emergency department at Calvary public hospital.


Health and hospitals factsheet (pdf 345.7 KB)