Page 4243 - Week 13 - Thursday, 19 November 2015

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Questions without notice

ACT Health—Civic clinic

MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, I have a question for Minister Corbell. The ACT Health website describes services at the Civic community health centre located at 1 Moore Street Canberra. The following 11 services are currently available: alcohol and drug services, breast screening, a continence clinic, dental, mental health, nursing, nutrition, physiotherapy, podiatry, social work and women’s health. Minister, on Tuesday you announced that all Health staff at 1 Moore Street will move to Woden next year and the building will be sold. Minister, where will each of the current 11 Civic-based health services be delivered when the health centre at 1 Moore St closes?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. The announcement on Tuesday was actually in relation to administrative staff of ACT Health, not service delivery or healthcare staff. The relocation to Woden involves administrative staff, as I would have hoped he would have noticed. In relation to the healthcare-related services that Mr Hanson refers to, they will continue to operate at Moore Street for the time being. Moore Street—in terms of its identified sale date, that has not been determined at this stage, but it would be fair to say that we have a couple of years at least to make that decision in relation to the relocation of those services within the city area before any relocation of those healthcare services is needed. The bottom line is that there is plenty of time to work through those matters, and the government will be doing that over the coming period. The announcement on Tuesday related to administrative staff only, headquarters staff, not front-line health care delivery.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you guarantee that no health services currently available in Civic will be either closed or relocated?

MR CORBELL: Clearly, they would have to be relocated somewhere else within Civic.

Mr Hanson: Out of Civic.

MR CORBELL: Within Civic, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you commit to recycle funds from selling the City Community Health Centre to build a new health facility?

MR CORBELL: I do not have administrative responsibility for the sale of government assets. Those are matters for the Treasurer.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

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