Page 967 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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What it is important to recognise is that people will be using the light rail system in Tuggeranong when we get to places like Woden and Mawson in the future because they will be actively wanting to connect with it in order to get to all of the stops—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members enough!

MR STEEL: —that cannot be accessed on a rapid bus route currently, like the employment centres of Deakin, like the employment centres around the Parliamentary Triangle—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members enough!

MR STEEL: and they want to go on to the northside to places like Dickson, to Braddon and some of them may also need to go onto places like Gungahlin. So there will be a multi-modal transport network that will be integrated with buses that will have mass transit light rail that will benefit all Canberrans. We are establishing the central spine of the system at the moment and in future we will look at further extensions of that line to benefit more Canberrans. But under the Liberals, their timeline is they would never build it, ever.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—Early Pregnancy Service

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, you mentioned in question time on Tuesday the opening of the early pregnancy unit and new antenatal and gynaecology ward. Can you update the Assembly on this important work?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for the question. On 24 March we celebrated the opening of two new clinical spaces at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, made possible through the $50 million expansion that is currently underway. The early pregnancy unit is a new three-bed inpatient unit for the Early Pregnancy Service, which will provide a dedicated inpatient facility to care for women and pregnant people experiencing early pregnancy complications, including early pregnancy loss.

Sadly, there are approximately 500 admissions to Canberra Health Services each year for miscarriage or early pregnancy complications. Until now, the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children has not had a dedicated facility to provide this specialised care. This new, purpose-built inpatient unit was a response to consumer feedback on the design of health services and is a key action in the Maternity in focus report that was launched last year in response to the Legislative Assembly inquiry into maternity services. The unit will offer women and pregnant people a therapeutic healing space where they can receive the care that they need and will be staffed by a skilled team of health professionals. The multidisciplinary team includes midwives, nurses, social workers and medical officers.


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