Page 2848 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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health services plan 2022 to 2030. The budget also includes investments to immediately commence maternity workforce planning and professional development opportunities to support the government to deliver on our 10-year public maternity services plan, Maternity in Focus. The ACT government is investing significantly in our health workforce, with improved safety and culture, improved wellbeing and planning for the future of our world-class healthcare workforce and infrastructure to deliver for Canberra.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what can Canberrans expect from the record capital investment that has been committed to through this budget?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for the supplementary question. The 2022-23 ACT budget sees continued investment in the ACT’s health infrastructure, equipment and systems, with more than $130 million in new initiatives aimed at improving the healthcare of Canberrans. Over the forward estimates the government is investing more than $815 million in capital projects through this year’s budget. Projects will deliver world-class healthcare facilities, state-of-the-art medical equipment and nation-leading digital technology that will drive recruitment, enhance retention and deliver better outcomes for Canberrans.

Our investment in health infrastructure is critical in maintaining Canberra’s place as one of the most liveable cities in the world, by providing accessible and modern health services that people want to work in. The government is investing over $42 million to deliver a range of equipment and building upgrades across our public hospitals, including new state-of-the-art clinical equipment across Canberra Hospital’s campus, including new PET and CT scanners, a nuclear medicine gamma camera, and replacement linac machine to diagnose and treat cancer patients.

Calvary Hospital will receive new and renewed equipment, ensuring that our nurses, doctors and allied health professionals are able to concentrate on delivering the best care for the community. We have the best imaging and oncology clinicians, and they deserve the best equipment, but we also know that by investing in the best we can retain our workforce and attract more workers to come and work in the ACT. We are also modernising our government analytical laboratory, with just over $1.8 million of investment replacing heating and ventilation systems, and upgrades to the physical containment space, supporting our dedicated public health laboratory scientists and teams, who work away from the limelight but do so much to keep our community safe and healthy.

Projects such as these support our growing population and that of the region while ensuring that our public health workers have access to the best resources and facilities to perform their valuable work in supporting the health of our community.

Transport Canberra—bus timetables

MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I read with great interest the press release about the new timetable for term 1, 2023, which includes one specific mention of “adjustments to Gungahlin routes to service schools and provide better access to the Amaroo shops”. Are you able to enlighten me and my constituents as to what that entails?

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