Why we need a Territory-wide approach to health services delivery
Population growth and demographic change will have a significant impact on the demand for health services in the ACT in coming years.
Demand for healthcare is increasing as the Australian population increases, our population ages and co-morbidities in the population become more prevalent. This provides a significant challenge to the sustainability of the health care system.
The population projections for the ACT released by the ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate on 13 March 2017 show a trend of steady growth over recent years and indicate:
- an average annual population growth of 1.5% from 2017 to 2027, representing an average increase of 6,208 persons per year over the same period
- the ACT population will increase from 402,549 persons in 2017 to 470,839 persons in 2027, representing a 16.9% growth in the population over this period.
(Source: ACT Population Projections: 2017 to 2041 (by district), ACT Government, Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, link: http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/demography/projections/act , Accessed 16 March 2017)
It is vital that we plan ahead and invest to ensure our health system is able to meet demand and provide the best health care across the Territory in an efficient, sustainable and innovative way.
The development of Specialty Service Plans and their related Models of Care will examine inpatient, outpatient and community health services, as well as options for redesign and reform to better deliver patient-centred outcomes for the future. The ACT Government also has planned a large-scale health infrastructure development program over the next ten years. This program provides some significant upgrades to ACT Health infrastructure, including new and expanded facilities.