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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2401 ..


assessment across the ACT government over the entire year. I do need to rely upon the officers within treasury and on the Under Treasurer, as part of the briefing material that they provide to me. I cannot read every single business case that is presented to the treasury throughout the course of the year. But I can be, and am, accountable for the briefs that I read and sign. In this instance that is exactly what I have done, and that is the practice that I will continue to pursue. If I am provided with detailed briefing material from my agency, I will read that, of course, and make an appropriate decision.

MR COE: Chief Minister, by the end of today will you please provide to the Assembly the date on which you received the business cases for Huntly, Winslade and Milaparu and also when you received verbal briefs.

MR BARR: I will take that on notice. It may take some time to assemble that information.

University of Canberra Hospital—services

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, what preparations have been underway for the University of Canberra Hospital to receive patients?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question about the UC hospital in the very heart of her electorate of Ginninderra. As members will know, the University of Canberra Hospital is now operational, with the first patients admitted on 17 July. This is a major milestone for health in the ACT and marks the culmination of almost seven years of planning, community consultation and construction work to deliver Canberra's third public hospital.

During this period, clinicians worked closely with health-care consumers to develop models of care and service delivery that are unique to UCH. In February, the facility was formally handed over to ACT Health. At that point in time, the recruitment of staff began in earnest.

The directorate also began to undertake a wide range of commissioning activities to ready the facility and the service for the admission of the first patient. This included testing equipment, mapping ICT requirements and the development of a comprehensive orientation and training program for the 300-plus ACT Health staff who will work at UCH.

The transition of services required careful planning for the transfer of patients from both Canberra Hospital as well as Calvary hospital, together with their belongings, and the relocation of relevant ICT, clinical equipment and staff to the new facility. Work began in March to develop a comprehensive plan to support the transfer of these critical services.

Trial moves were undertaken from the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre and Calvary and Canberra hospitals to ascertain preferred routes and timings, which informed the final move schedule and the opening sequence. The move plan outlined


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