Page 838 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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Importantly, there is an emphasis in the service delivery on bringing together and connecting all aspects of a person’s treatment, involving individuals and their families in decision-making throughout the process.

The centre also incorporates numerous elements of energy and water efficient design, has excellent transport access, including ample parking in the surrounding car parks, five dedicated spaces for people with a disability directly behind the building, two along Anketell Street at the front of the building and seven in the car park across Pitman Street. The centre is also very close –just across the road, in fact—from the Tuggeranong bus interchange.

The government is very pleased to have delivered on its commitment to the people of Tuggeranong. Like its counterparts in Belconnen and Gungahlin, the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre will drive further improvements in the way we deliver health services across the Canberra community and will serve the Tuggeranong community well into the future.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what services will be provided at the new Tuggeranong community health centre?

MR BARR: It is important to recognise that the infrastructure program is not just about new buildings; it is about developing new ways of delivering care and more efficient ways of delivering care. It is also about designing models of care that are focused on the needs of patients.

The new community health centre will offer a comprehensive set of community health services, with each one benefiting from being integrated and co-located. The list of individual services is extensive and includes aged care and rehabilitation, alcohol and drug counselling, adult mental health, cancer counselling, community nursing, community paediatric and child health, continence, dental services for children and youth, diabetes and nutrition services, pathology collection, physiotherapy, podiatry, social work and women’s health, amongst others.

In addition, the Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service, CALMS, will continue to operate from the centre. The Tuggeranong community health centre will also offer a range of ambulatory care services that are normally only accessible from a hospital, including the community dialysis service which will open later in 2014.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, when will the walk-in centre be open in Tuggeranong?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. In 2012 the government made a commitment to double the funding for the walk-in centre service so that we could open centres in Belconnen and Tuggeranong. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that we are, indeed, following through on that commitment and will open both new centres in the middle of this year.

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