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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2377 ..


That will allow staff and consumers to test out the functionality of proposed spaces for the new building to ensure that those designs are fit for purpose.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what does the opening of building 8 at Canberra Hospital bring to the Canberra community and the staff who work there?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. The opening of building 8 has been an important milestone in the modernisation of the Canberra Hospital campus through the expansion project, providing new facilities for the Canberra community and health services staff. The much loved Canberra Sexual Health Centre—maybe that is not the right term for it!—has been relocated to a modern purpose-built clinic on level 4. I know that Ms Cheyne is a big fan of the Canberra Sexual Health Centre.

The relocation of the Canberra Sexual Health Centre supports the work of providing sexual health services for priority populations, with a focus on prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmissible infections and HIV. The Sexual Health Centre continues to offer an important COVID-safe service with shorter in-clinic waiting times. Light and spacious, this new space in building 8 has been warmly welcomed by staff and consumers.

Canberra Health Services also has new purpose-built teaching and training facilities for all staff located on level 2 and level 3 of building 8. The new teaching spaces provide a modern environment to attend essential education. The education spaces include four flexible training rooms for large and small groups; computer access; a specific space for occupational violence and manual handling training; and a simulation space for clinical skills training, which I know that Mrs Jones will be pleased to hear.

The new surgical skills centre is a purpose-designed and built facility aimed at the skills training requirements of our Canberra Health Services health workers. The area encompasses private study space; tutorial rooms; and two clinical skills laboratories, one of which is equipped to handle wet specimens and tissue.

Building 8 also houses important research units to bring education and research together on the one floor, encouraging increased collaboration. The co-location of education and research means that we can measure training effectiveness and provide the community with the assurance that CHS staff are accessing the best evidence-based education possible.

MS ORR: Minister, how will planning for the Canberra Hospital ensure that an accessible and integrated approach is taken to futureproof the campus for the Canberra community?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary question. The ACT government is currently working with stakeholders and the community to develop the Canberra Hospital masterplan. The masterplan work provides a road map for the next 20 years of development of our largest hospital. The masterplan looks at how all


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