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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (13 May) . . Page.. 1378..


BreastScreen program provides a screening service for the early detection of breast cancer—they should see their GP.

The key messages for women in the ACT from the 21-year celebration are: tell a friend to have a mammogram—it just might save a life; it's free—it takes 20 minutes; and, again, the best protection is early detection.

Women report many reasons for not getting screened, but we are seeking to address those when they do give us feedback. I think the service provided by BreastScreen—having used the service myself—is of a very high standard. It is very supportive, particularly of those who are attending for the first time. If there is an abnormality detected, the staff are very skilled at providing the appropriate support and referral services to have those abnormalities investigated further.

So happy birthday, BreastScreen ACT, and thanks for everything you do for the women of the ACT.

Health—secure mental health unit

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, The secure mental health facility was first proposed to be built at the Canberra Hospital in 2005. It has since then been proposed to be built at Symonston. Minister, have architectural designs and drafts work been undertaken to plan how the facility will be constructed?

MS GALLAGHER: There have been a number of different pieces of work done on this project since the original decision was taken to have a secure mental health unit, as Mrs Jones alludes to in her question. The first decision was to have a unit that was co-located at the Canberra Hospital site. We reconsidered that and changed a decision on that after consultations with stakeholders and businesses close to that precinct, along with how the plans for the adult mental health unit were being progressed, which required a larger part of the outdoor land available there.

Since the decision has been taken around Symonston, the health planning unit briefs were completed late last year. There has been some public discussion on the model of care, and the preliminary sketch plans are progressing at this point in time.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, is the project tender ready?

MS GALLAGHER: It will be very shortly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, have any delays to this project been caused by the planning system?

MS GALLAGHER: No. If anything, the work of ESDD has assisted the Health Directorate in planning for this facility. As I understand it, the request for tender for


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