How to have YourSay:
Keeping you healthy and well is at the heart of everything ACT Health does. Our beautiful city will be home to 500,000 people by 2030, and as Canberra expands we want a community that is healthy and supported by great health services.
To realise our healthy future, we need to have a number of conversations over the next 12 months.
Currently there are no open engagements, however, watch this space for upcoming conversations where you can share your experiences, ideas and insights about health care, whether you're a patient, doctor, nurse, midwife, allied health professional, stakeholder or an interested member of the public. There will be opportunities for everyone to have their say.
Register now to know when our health conversations start.
Consultations that are now closed with all feedback and ideas being considered. Make sure you register for updates or check the YourSay pages for consultation reports:
We are looking at:
As our population grows, and technology and innovation offer us new opportunities in health care, it’s vital we adapt so we can continue to provide a high level of care.
More people are accessing our hospitals and health care services each year, so to meet demand and maintain the quality of services we need to do things differently.
There are a number of initiatives underway or in the early planning stages that we will want to hear your thoughts about. These will include:
- Better Health Infrastructure - $756m in health infrastructure investment
- Health Reform - planning for our future health care needs including Territory-wide Health Services
- Mental Health Reform Agenda - improve our mental health service system and a new Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Preventive Health Strategy - developing a new strategy to support health and wellbeing
We will use your views to:
We will use your views to inform key projects and help us build the future health care system that Canberrans want.
About ACT Health
Your Health – Our Priority. That’s our vision and we want all Canberrans to be a part of making our healthcare system even better.
Canberra residents, and the broader south-east NSW region can access high quality healthcare services across a range of settings and facilities.
Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce provide emergency department, inpatient and outpatient services to ACT residents and people from the surrounding regions of southern NSW.
The new University of Canberra Hospital will open in July, focusing on improving support for people recovering from surgery, illness, injury or experiencing mental illness.
We have two nurse-led Walk-in Centres in Belconnen and Tuggeranong, which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury. In Gungahlin a new walk-in centre is currently under construction and is due to open later in the year, while another is in the planning stages for the Weston Creek region.
Six Community Health Centres are in operation across the ACT, providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages. For more information visit ACT Health.
ACT Health works in collaboration with the Federal Government, other ACT Government directorates, the primary care sector, private health providers and non-government organisations in our community.
These partnerships are essential to ensuring that coordinated care is provided throughout an individuals care journey.
Investing in a healthy future
As our population grows, and technology and innovation offer us new opportunities in healthcare, it’s vital we adapt so we can continue to provide a high level of care here in Canberra.
This includes building and improving our hospitals and health facilities across the ACT and ensuring we have modern and person-centred approach to delivering services.
Key infrastructure and service commitments in the next ten years include:
- Expanding the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children to meet growing demand for our maternity services.
- Building the new Surgical, Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Department facility (SPIRE) to boost the number of operating theatres and increase capacity for emergency and elective surgery.
- Planning for how we can better meet demand for health services in Canberra’s growing Northside.
- Funding a new health centre for Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services to deliver better care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Constructing new nurse led Walk-in Centres in Gungahlin and Weston Creek to deliver better care closer to where people live.The ACT Government has a proud record of investing in our health system and this will continue.
ACT Health Organisational Transition
On 23 March 2018, Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury announced that ACT Health would be separated into two distinct organisations from 1 October, 2018.
The changes will bring ACT Health closer in line with other Australian jurisdictions, which have structurally separated their clinical services from policy and planning. The ACT will look to these examples and develop a model that works for the ACT Health system – now and into the future.
Staff who deliver frontline health services to the Canberra community will come under the umbrella of the separate health services delivery organisation.
The changes are primarily administrative in nature, and are being developed with careful consideration to ensure that there will be no negative impacts on the services that we offer.
The organisational change will be implemented from 1 October 2018. The transition will be a seamless one for people visiting our public hospitals, our popular walk-in centres or in any way accessing the many community based health services that we offer. You will not experience any disruption as a result of this announcement.
The organisational change will bring greater efficiencies for clinical and medical staff, and is being designed to improve service delivery and further reinforce the goals of the Territory-wide Health Services framework –person centred and community focused care, enhanced preventive health and improved Hospital services.
We will be updating the community as work progresses to transition to two organisations, so watch this space.
Territory-wide Health Services Framework
The Territory-wide Health Services Framework supports a system-wide approach where people are placed at the centre of service planning and provision, individuals and families can navigate and access care at the right time, in the right place and delivered by the right team.
It sets out the overarching strategic direction and principles to guide development and redesign of health care services across the territory over the next decade. It is an integral part of achieving the ACT Government’s priorities and delivering its vision to continue to build an innovative and world-class health system that provides person-centred, safe and effective health care.
More information will be made public soon, so watch this space.