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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 31 July 2018) . . Page.. 2402 ..


key principles and processes that I am pleased to say resulted in the smooth and safe transfer of patients to UCH.

Success can also be attributed to ACT Health staff working collaboratively with one another and other ACT stakeholders such as the Ambulance Service. It is wonderful that Canberra’s third public hospital is now open and caring for patients in a subacute setting specifically tailored to their needs. I congratulate everyone involved in this landmark project.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, what services have been consolidated across Canberra to bring rehabilitation services together in the one place?

MS FITZHARRIS: UCH brings together rehabilitation services and specialist staff from seven different locations across the territory under one roof. UCH has been purpose built to provide care and support for people over the age of 18 who are experiencing mental illness or who are recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Experienced, multi-disciplinary health professionals will work together to deliver innovative care and rehabilitation programs for both overnight and day patients tailored to the individual’s needs.

Services have been removed from the following locations: parts of the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre were transferred to establish the adult mental health rehabilitation unit; the adult mental health day service has relocated from Belconnen community health centre to UCH; Canberra Hospital’s rehabilitation unit has moved; the aged care rehabilitation service at Calvary Public Hospital has also been relocated; and specialised outpatient and day rehabilitation services that were based in Canberra Hospital and community-based health facilities, including Village Creek centre and the Belconnen, Phillip and city community health centres, have also been moved. This includes the community rehabilitation team, rehabilitation allied health services such as speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, exercise physiology and nutrition, the falls assessment and prevention service, the driving assessment and rehabilitation service and the vocational assessment and rehabilitation service. ACT Health’s hydrotherapy service has also been relocated to UCH.

The unique design of UCH includes four therapeutic gyms where physios, occupational therapists and other professionals will work with patients to build their strength and guide their recovery. A wonderful hydrotherapy pool, 17 courtyards and spaces designed for learning activities of daily living complement each other to enhance patient outcomes. The purpose-built rooms and spaces in the mental health areas support the delivery of a broad range of therapies and services. UCH has been built on collaboration and a drive for excellence.

MR STEEL: Minister, what health services does the UCH provide and are these services now receiving patients?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Steel for the supplementary. UCH is a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility. It is now providing care and support for people


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