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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1861 ..

Health—Phillip community health centre
(Question No 158)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 31 March 2017:

(1) Is the establishment of a Woden health precinct, similar to the Belconnen Community Health Centre, being considered as part of the long-term service planning exercise being conducted by ACT Health.

(2) Can the Minister provide background on the proposed establishment of the Phillip Enhanced Community Health Centre, based on the work undertaken in 2008-09 by ACT Health in conjunction with ThinkHealth.

(3) Why have plans for the Phillip Enhanced Community Health Centre not progressed since those plans were developed in 2008-09.

(4) Was the decision not to progress plans for the Phillip Enhanced Community Health Centre related to the decision to expand services at The Canberra Hospital.

(5) What are the Government’s plans for construction on, or utilisation of, the Canberra Institute of Technology site in Woden.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health currently provides community health services within the Woden Town Centre at the Phillip Community Health Centre. Territory Wide Health Service planning, currently underway, will influence future community health service and infrastructure requirements across the ACT.

Additionally, the Government has committed to the construction of a Walk-in Centre in the Woden Valley Weston Creek, Molonglo Region – feasibility work has commenced on this project, and further detail will be released in 2017 18.

ACT Health is also planning routine upgrade works at the Phillip Community Health Centre to address issues associated with the ageing asset and deliver targeted improvements to the facility.

(2) The 2008 Capital Asset Development Plan included in its recommendations two options for the development of a Phillip Enhanced Community Health Centre:

a. A new facility on Yamba Drive site connected to the Canberra Hospital by a new footbridge; or

b. An expanded and refurbished facility on the existing site (Phillip Community Health Centre).

Subsequently, ACT Health determined that the project solutions were not feasible, due to a number of factors, including:

a. The Yamba Drive site location posed significant traffic movement and access limitations;

b. The location of the site in a flood plain imposed limitations on the building structure, and therefore impacted upon design options and cost; and

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