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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2706 ..


(B) As per above.

(C) As per above.

(D) As per above.

(2) The closure of the Canberra Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool was first proposed in 2014 and 2015 as part of the broader University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) service delivery plan public consultation.

(3) The Canberra Health Services (CHS) hydrotherapy service would be relocating to UCH.

(4) The planning of UCH involved demand modelling for rehabilitation services. For the purposes of hydrotherapy, consideration was given to the relocation of CHS service to UCH. The work being undertaken by the NOUS group will provide further understanding of demand on hydrotherapy facilities across the community.

(5) To transfer the CHS hydrotherapy service from Canberra Hospital to UCH.

(6) The outcomes confirmed the decision to close the Canberra Hospital pool and establish hydrotherapy at UCH.

(7) The ACT Government first consulted with stakeholders on the transfer of the hydrotherapy service from Canberra Hospital to UCH in 2014 and 2015 as part of the broader Service Delivery Plan (SDP) public consultation. The associated Functional Brief from that time states that the hydrotherapy pool would be relocated from Canberra Hospital to UCH.

As per the UCH SDP Consultation Summary of Feedback document, some of the feedback received through this process related to access to hydrotherapy at UCH and plans for hydrotherapy at Canberra Hospital. ACT Health’s response at that time was that the hydrotherapy pool at UCH would be accessible by approved external providers under contractual arrangements.

A UCH Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy was developed in 2017 to inform and engage with internal and external stakeholders about UCH, in advance of it’s opening.

In 2018, a Service Transfer and Stakeholder Engagement plan was developed specifically relating to the proposed closure of the Canberra Hospital hydrotherapy pool which was to occur in July 2018. Following concerns raised by Arthritis ACT at that time, it was agreed to extend Arthritis ACT’s access to the pool for an additional year (to 30 June 2019, subject to the life of the pool).

Further stakeholder consultation is currently occurring through the work being undertaken by Nous Group.


ACT Health—service funding agreements(Question No 2517)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 17 May 2019:


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