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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 February 2018) . . Page.. 144 ..

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the ACT Government’s commitment to meeting the health and wellbeing needs for Canberrans now, as well as into the future, including through the following initiatives:

(a) the 2017-18 ACT Budget investment of $1.6 billion for health care and wellbeing;

(b) improving timeliness and access to emergency health care through the $23 million Emergency Department expansions;

(c) $6.3 million for elective surgery procedures to help patients access treatment within recommended timeframes;

(d) for the sixth year in a row, ACT Ambulance Service response times are the best in the country and will be boosted by recruitment of 24 additional paramedics, as well as two new ambulances, in addition to the recruitment of 11 paramedics currently underway;

(e) $12.4 million to build a new primary health care centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans in the inner south for which planning is already underway;

(f) $1.5 million for new grants to incentivise more bulk-billing services in Canberra’s south, complementing local primary care health services;

(g) $3.4 million for two additional mobile dental vans to provide for better dental care;

(h) $4 million in new resources specifically for preventative health initiatives in addition to establishing Year 7 health checks for students and new school based immunisation programs;

(i) establishment of a three year homebirth trial recognising the role of individual choice in safe birthing options;

(j) establishing a clinical genomics service in collaboration with Australian National University;

(k) $436 000 over three years for participating in Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST) Trial, a rare cancer treatment trial;

(l) participation in the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis HIV prevention trial;

(m) upgrades to the helipad at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) in 2017;

(n) improving inpatient access to medical imaging and wait times;

(o) investment to increase and develop the ACT Health workforce including $36 million for more nurses and a targeted approach to attracting specialists;

(p) operational efficiency improvements within the ACT Health Directorate to increase capacity to deliver health services and minimise patient wait times; and

(q) the dedication of the ACT Health workforce to strive to deliver excellent health outcomes for Canberrans through the efficient delivery of services across our health settings;

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