Page 3485 - Week 11 - Thursday, 19 September 2013

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the southern multi-storey car park at Canberra Hospital, the linear accelerators for the Capital Region Cancer Service, the acute mental health unit at Canberra Hospital, stage 1 of the women’s and children’s hospital, the new Gungahlin Community Health Centre, and the Duffy House, which is a facility for interstate patients receiving cancer services. Under the national health reform the refurbishment of the emergency department at Calvary hospital is complete and is due to be completed soon at Canberra Hospital.

This government’s commitment to the health infrastructure program is long term, which is why, despite these achievements, we are pushing ahead with a number of other major infrastructure projects this year and planning for future projects in future years.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, could you tell us more about what the major projects are that are currently underway?

MS GALLAGHER: I can, and there are a number of projects underway. The emergency department and intensive care unit extension project at the Canberra Hospital will expand both areas of the hospital. These projects were combined into one project overall, which has created a number of savings in project management. The completed extension will deliver eight new treatment spaces in the ED and seven new beds in the ICU.

In the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, stage 2 is nearing completion, with the major refurbishment of the former maternity building almost complete. Over coming months, the service areas of the hospital will move in from their temporary locations.

The new Belconnen community health centre is the first of two enhanced community health centres. It is designed to complement hospitals and general community health centres in the ACT, offering services such as renal dialysis and outpatient clinics, which have traditionally been confined to hospitals.

We have the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre, which members for Brindabella have shown a lot of interest in. It has refurbishment work underway and external work has begun for the extension of the existing building. This is due for completion in the first half of 2014.

We also have the Capital Region Cancer Centre, which is nearing completion now. There is planning underway for an open day to coincide with the opening of the new cancer centre. This will enable the Canberra community the opportunity to view the facility. I hope that some members of the opposition will feel able to attend that very important opening event.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, what projects are currently in planning?

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