Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 4 August 2022) . . Page.. 2398 ..
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question, Mr Cain. I will continue to provide updates to the Assembly on the Age-Friendly City Plan progress, which is where a large amount of this work is discussed in more detail. I will also continue to participate in and support the work of our seniors’ organisations in Canberra, including ADACAS and COTA ACT in the work that they are doing, such as reducing abuse of older people in our community, raising awareness of how we can support older people in our community and in making sure that they are able to continue staying connected to their community.
Opposition members interjecting—
Ms Clay: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I really cannot hear the minister talking, with so many interjections from the floor. It is also extremely rude. I would really like to hear the answer.
Mr Parton: She is not saying anything of any consequence.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton, resume your seat. She has a valid point of order and there is no need for you to interject on that point of order.
MS DAVIDSON: I will continue to participate in and support the work of COTA ACT, ADACAS and other community sector organisations in initiatives such as reducing abuse of older people in our community, raising awareness of how we can support older people in our community and in making sure that they are able to engage as fully as possible in our community.
MS ORR: Thank you Madam Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, health infrastructure investment is being a major component of the 2022-23 budget. Can you please provide further details about this investment?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you Madam Speaker and I thank Ms Orr for the question.
The 2022-23 budget will invest an additional $390 million in health, which will deliver a total investment of more than $10 billion over four years.
We are investing more than $820 million in health infrastructure over the next four years, building on our record health infrastructure investments over the past decade. This continues our pipeline of health infrastructure delivery to expand the Canberra Hospital and to deliver on the master plan to develop the north side hospital and to grow community health facilities.
This budget invests more than $91 million to continue to transform the Canberra Hospital campus, including delivering the next steps of the master plan that was launched in December 2021. This investment in the Canberra Hospital will also include site selection and early design of a new 12-bed, integrated palliative care ward at Canberra Hospital. This commences delivery of this election commitment which was strongly advocated for by consumers.