Page 744 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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involved that the Canberra Hospital expansion project has been so successfully delivered to date, and I look forward to welcoming the first patients next year.

DR PATERSON: Minister, the Canberra Hospital expansion project has been a substantial health infrastructure project. How is this project supporting ACT workers and consumer engagement?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for the supplementary. This month there are more than 410 workers on the Canberra Hospital expansion site, the critical services building, with the workforce expected to peak in the coming months at more than 600 workers onsite. Once completed, the hospital expansion will have created hundreds of valuable jobs, employment and training opportunities for Canberrans.

Multiplex, the ACT government’s delivery partner, is committed to achieving targets to improve social inclusion, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the Canberra Hospital expansion project, with the aim of achieving an expenditure commitment of 10 per cent of trade costs across employment, procurement, education and training, and trainees and apprentices.

The project team has continued its strong engagement with key stakeholders, as part of progressing the design for the new critical services building, including more than 400 workshops with clinical and user groups since 2019, continued engagement with the consumer reference group chaired by the Health Care Consumers Association, continued engagement with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council to further develop key elements of the critical services building, and engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the CHS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumer reference group to provide updates on social procurement targets and to consult with the user group regarding the development of key elements of the new facility.

Last month I met with the consumer reference group to discuss the work they have done with the MPC team and to see how their engagement has transformed the critical services building. The Canberra Hospital expansion project team will be presenting their approach to consumer engagement to national audiences to set new standards for engaging consumers, as part of pushing for changes to the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines. They are really leading the way in enriching the consumer voice in health facility design across Australia, and it is something that we should all be very proud of.

MS ORR: Minister, what are the next key milestones for the Canberra Hospital expansion project and other works on the Canberra Hospital campus?

Mr Hanson interjecting

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I think I will choose Ms Orr’s question here.

MADAM SPEAKER: A wise move.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary. As I said at the beginning, there is still work to do, and work to achieve a five-star green-star rating

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