Ours is a healthy and well educated community – with the highest life expectancy in Australia and many opportunities to learn
Health for Canberra
- more acute health services
- more women's and children's health services
- more elective surgery
- improved mental health services
- better integrated hospital and community services
- improved palliative care
The ACT Government continues to provide high quality health and education systems for Canberra.
Each year we spend around half of the Territory's budget on health and education – and we are expanding these services in the coming year, for example through the construction of the Secure Mental Health Unit and the new Coombs Primary School.
Health and education continue to remain the Government's highest priorities. The 2015-16 Budget provides new operating funding of $174 million and new infrastructure funding of $97.8 million for health and education.
In the last 10 years, the Government has prioritised healthcare by investing in projects such as the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, a new teaching hospital at the University of Canberra and community walk-in centres for the Belconnen and Tuggeranong regions.
During this time, the Government has added more than 350 hospital beds to the ACT Public Health system.
Despite the Commonwealth Government walking away from the National Health Reform Agreement, the ACT Government continues to invest in health services. While it is not sustainable to keep plugging this gap indefinitely, the ACT will continue to meet the health needs of Canberrans.
To achieve this, the Government is increasing acute services at both Canberra and Calvary hospitals by providing 16 extra beds and additional medical staff to treat the patients in those beds. We are also funding an additional 500 elective surgeries.
We are upgrading the operating theatre and medical imaging equipment at Calvary Hospital and funding a new car park as part of the University of Canberra Public Hospital development.
We recognise the impact of mental health on individuals, families and whole communities. For this reason we are expanding mental health services to provide an early intervention program for primary school children, as well as extending hours for mental health and alcohol and drug consultation services at the Canberra Hospital. We are also providing more specialist drug treatment services to ensure that appropriate medical interventions are available to those who need them.
We are continuing to invest in active living, healthy weight and smoking cessation initiatives, including targeted Indigenous programs, which build on community health initiatives of previous years.
Combined, these investments will ensure the high quality of care expected by the people of Canberra continues.
Education investment for Canberra
- a specialist learning centre at Chisholm
- a new Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) campus at Tuggeranong
- more new schools
- upgrades to existing schools, including better ICT
- more support for students with disability
A smart city
The 2015-16 education budget is $1.1 billion, the biggest its ever been. Each year funding is provided to address a wide range of educational priorities, including:
- a high performing public schools system,
- support for students with special education needs, and
- support for young people to undertake Vocational and Educational Training.
The ACT Government will maintain its commitment to ongoing education reforms by continuing investments in the 2015-16 Budget.
A growing city needs more schools. The Government will provide funding to construct a new P-6 school at North Gungahlin, and undertake feasibility studies for a high school in Gungahlin and a P-10 school in Molonglo.
We will also modernise Belconnen High School through construction of a new building and refurbishment of existing buildings.
We will upgrade Melrose High School and Mount Stromlo High School and will provide funding for the construction of a specialist learning centre at Caroline Chisholm School to deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These investments, combined with increased digital and computing systems, will ensure our students learn in a contemporary environment.
This Government will provide additional resources to support increased numbers of students with disability to access and participate in education. This will result in new and innovative programs so that students with learning disabilities have the best opportunity to learn.
The budget will also provide a new CIT campus at Tuggeranong and upgrades to the Bruce and Reid campuses. This will allow for courses to be delivered where they are needed.