Page 633 - Week 02 - Thursday, 20 February 2020

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Estimates 2020-2021—Select Committee


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lee): Madam Speaker has been notified in writing of the following nominations for membership of the Select Committee on Estimates 2020-2021: Ms Cheyne, Mrs Dunne and Ms Le Couteur.

Motion (by Mr Ramsay) agreed to:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on Estimates 2020-2021.

Nurse-led walk-in centres

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lee): Madam Speaker has received letters from Miss C Burch, Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Mr Gupta, Mr Hanson, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Mr Parton, Mr Pettersson, and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Cheyne be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of the ACT’s nurse-led walk-in centres to provide immediate healthcare for people when they need it.

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (3.19): Cuts and abrasions, sprains and skin conditions, the cold or flu, sinus infections, ear infections, mastitis and conjunctivitis: what all of these conditions, illnesses and injuries have in common, apart from causing discomfort or pain, is that they can be treated at one of Canberra’s four nurse-led walk-in centres.

This is not the first, and probably not the last, time I have had the opportunity to talk about this fantastic service. This government is passionate about free health care, and our walk-in centres located in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and, as of December, Weston Creek offer just that. Walk-in centres are often the quickest and easiest way to receive healthcare advice and treatment and, as the name suggests, they do not require an appointment.

Anyone who has set foot inside one of our four walk-in centres knows they are staffed by a committed team of passionate and professional nurses. I have heard countless accounts from individuals and families who, like me, have attended the Belconnen walk-in centre and been impressed by the care and the knowledge provided.

Indeed the Belconnen walk-in centre celebrated five years in operation in July. At the time I sought feedback from others who have been using this service. I was inundated with glowing praise, describing an “excellent”, “fantastic” and “brilliant” offering. Every story is different, from sore throats to sliced hands, but there is always a common thread—endless praise for our healthcare professionals.

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