Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 June 2017) . . Page.. 1922 ..
In addition, the expansion will involve refurbishments of the current operational service delivery areas to create two child and adolescent sleep labs. This new service will support ACT Health to meet the needs of children and adolescents with sleep disorders, allowing them to stay in the ACT rather than having to travel to New South Wales.
Another very important part of this expansion will deliver an adolescent mental health unit to provide specialist acute mental health care to young people and their families in a dedicated inpatient treatment space. This initiative will demonstrate the government’s commitment to expanding inpatient mental health services for young people in addition to the significant services outlined by Minister Rattenbury yesterday.
MS ORR: Minister, how successful has the existing women’s and children’s hospital been in providing essential services to women and children in our region?
MS FITZHARRIS: Since it opened five years ago the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children has successfully brought together a range of comprehensive and diverse services, including maternity services, the birth centre, neonatal intensive care, gynaecology and foetal medicine, paediatrics and specialised outpatient services, all within one state-of-the-art building.
It provides an integrated multidisciplinary service with ACT Health community staff and with general practitioners, providing a seamless service. The Centenary hospital provides high-quality comprehensive and holistic care, innovation in practice and research, quality training to clinicians and effective advocacy for children, women and families of the ACT and surrounding region.
The 2017 budget invests in expanding the hospital to provide even better health services for women and young people, to better align with the growing demands of our community and its demand for maternity services. The hospital will expand physically and also, as previously mentioned, in its capacity to deliver new and expanded services.
The expansion will be almost $70 million of investment over four years to provide for design and construction of these new facilities. The work in the coming financial year will also inform the development of the new and expanded services. This initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to provide the best possible facilities, to grow those facilities and to help meet the specialist healthcare and wellbeing needs of women, children and families in our city and region. So, as our city continues to grow, the funding provided through the budget will expand the Centenary hospital’s high-level, state-of-the-art services beyond its current capacity, to provide a centre of excellence for women’s and children’s health care in the region.
MR PARTON: My question is to the Chief Minister. During a debate on poker machines and clubs you stated: