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passed on the views of residents, and we are hearing that through the ACT government’s consultations as well—then he can do so specifically in relation to fishing.

MR DAVIS: Minister, what interventions specifically have TCCS taken on the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore underneath the Soward Way bypass, where most of the recreational fishing takes place?

MR STEEL: I will take that on notice.

MS CLAY: Minister I wonder if you have heard any similar representations about Lake Ginninderra?

MR STEEL: I do not believe that there is a Soward Way overpass on Lake Ginninderra, so I do not think we would have heard about the same issues.

Health—post-COVID recovery clinic

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, you recently announced the opening of a post-COVID recovery clinic here in the ACT. Can you please update the Assembly on what this means for the Canberra community?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. The post-COVID recovery clinic is an excellent initiative, providing a person-centred interprofessional health service for Canberrans who are experiencing post-COVID conditions.

As I described in my statement this morning, long COVID can deeply affect a person’s life, from ongoing lung issues to extreme fatigue and a myriad of other symptoms. I recently spoke with a patient who has started attending the post-COVID recovery clinic, and they described not being able to walk up the stairs in their own home and brain fog after having COVID. I am sure many of us have heard about these very real symptoms after someone we know or, indeed, members themselves have had COVID-19.

Madam Speaker, when a person cannot manage their day-to-day activities or participate in the things that they enjoy this can have further knock-on effects to their health and wellbeing. That is why the team at the University of Canberra Hospital started work on a health service that could support Canberrans through this time.

The post-COVID recovery clinic is a nation-leading innovation that is supporting our community. The interprofessional team works through individualised specialist rehabilitation programs for each patient and ensures goods links with other specialist health services to provide a network for patients as they continue their recovery from COVID-19.

The post-COVID recovery clinic team is also undertaking research with the University of Canberra, investigating long-COVID care. This research will contribute to further innovations in our public health system here in the ACT and, indeed, across

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