Page 184 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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A range of community services and outpatient services will also be provided, including memory assessment, nurse practitioner services, falls injury prevention, continence, podiatry and driver and vocational rehabilitation services. Adult mental health day services will also be available to people requiring intensive assessment, treatment therapy and rehabilitation and recovery services.

As the University of Canberra currently trains the majority of our allied health professionals who receive work through ACT Health and our nursing students, I think the accessibility of a hospital on campus will deliver for students, it will deliver for that research arm of the University of Canberra, and ultimately it will deliver for patients receiving care in that facility.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, can you advise the Assembly what currently is the planned opening date for the hospital and what is the estimate of the total budget for the hospital.

MS GALLAGHER: I will be happy to do that when, firstly, the date is determined and when the final budget is determined. I expect that we will be in a position relatively shortly to finalise the expected budget. The opening date is dependent on the financing and procurement methodology that will be attached to that hospital. Those decisions have not been taken.

Schools—capital works

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, with schools back a few weeks ago, can you provide the Assembly with an update on improvements made to schools during the summer break, especially in relation to the reopening of the Taylor Primary School?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Gentleman for his interest. A number of capital works projects have recently been completed for ACT public schools, ready for the start of this school year. The most significant project was the rectification of Taylor Primary School in Kambah. This was a full upgrade of the school, including safe removal of the external asbestos wall cladding, the construction of a new external façade, internal refurbishments, and play area and landscape improvements. The school reopened at the beginning of the 2014 school year. In addition to creating a new school for students in Kambah, a larger, 65-place childcare centre has been integrated into the school site, which will improve the transition of children from child care through to school.

In addition to Taylor primary, both Majura and Macgregor primary schools underwent expansions and refurbishment works to existing classrooms to create four-stream schools—that is, four classes per year group. This is a result of the strong enrolments for these schools.

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