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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3954 ..

DR PATERSON: Minister, what consultation occurred in bringing together the Canberra Hospital master plan?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for the supplementary. Community consultation has been a real priority in forming the Canberra Hospital master plan and how we transform the campus over the next 20 years. We have ensured that the plan reflects what members of the community need for their health care and for the Canberra Hospital into the future.

The consultation process for the master plan was one of the biggest community engagement processes undertaken in the history of the ACT government. The team engaged extensively with all Canberra Hospital campus users, including the health workforce; surrounding residents; the wider Canberra community; key stakeholders in the campus, including our tertiary education research partners; and unions and professional associations. There were two distinct consultation phases with the community. I want to particularly thank the Health Care Consumers Association and the Disability Reference Group for their detailed consideration of these matters.

The first phase of community consultation on the Canberra Hospital master plan closed on 10 March 2021, with over 800 pieces of feedback and a reach of more than 30,000 people through YourSay, social media and a road show to Canberra shopping centres. From phase 1, key themes included parking access, open space and wayfinding. This informed the development of master plan options which were presented through phase 2 of the consultation.

The second phase took place between 23 July and 1 September, with a focus on gathering feedback on draft master plan options. The YourSay campaign for phase 2 included a total of more than 6,000 views, meetings with the ACT’s community councils, six pop-up sessions and six drop-in sessions across the community, 2,800 flyers distributed to local residents, and doorknocking, with 1,000 pieces of feedback received from members of the public. This result is an enormous achievement given the COVID lockdown starting in the middle of phase 2 consultation. Both the community and the project team should be commended for bringing this work together at this difficult time.

Both the phase 1 and phase 2 listening reports are available on the Canberra Hospital master plan website.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how will the Canberra Hospital master plan incorporate recent investments in health infrastructure on the campus?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary question. We know that the Canberra Hospital, which is almost 50 years old, has changed a lot in the last 20 years. The master plan has been designed to complement and enhance the ACT government’s important recent and ongoing investments in the campus. The ACT government has invested almost $1.3 billion in health infrastructure across the territory over the last decade; the Canberra Hospital master plan guides this continued investment in one of the most important health facilities in the ACT for the years to come.

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