A.4 Outlook for 2013‑14

The 2013‑14 reporting period promises to be another year of tremendous growth for ACT Health, as it delivers key pieces of infrastructure under the Health Infrastructure Program and further consolidates its response to the National Health Reform Agenda, including the National Elective Surgery Target and National Emergency Access Target.

The ACT Government continues to invest heavily in health to meet both present and future challenges. Health continues to be one of the ACT Government’s biggest areas of spending, with annual investment of $1.3 billion to transform our health system.

In the coming year, we are committed to further improvements to elective surgery services, further reductions in waiting times, expansion of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit at Canberra Hospital, and rapid assessment services at Calvary.

We will complete the planning and commence forward design of the new University of Canberra Public Hospital.

More beds will be opened at Canberra Hospital, Calvary Public Hospital and the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, and there will be increased staffing at the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.

ACT Health will deliver an additional 31 inpatient beds across Canberra and Calvary Public Hospitals, as well as six Hospital in the Home places.

Additional staffing and resources at Canberra Hospital will help us better manage patient movement through

and out of the emergency department, and we will also establish an eight-bed rapid assessment unit at Calvary Public Hospital.

We will also establish an Obesity Management Service to improve the health of patients with severe obesity through coordinated intervention and prevention services.

A mobile dental clinic will help people who cannot access a dentist surgery, and we will expand outreach services for cancer sufferers.

We will increase mental health services provided through non-government organisations and community health programs, and expand our community health centres and nurse-led walk-in centres.

Services will be relocated to the new Belconnen Community Health Centre in Canberra’s north, and an expanded and refurbished Tuggeranong Community Health Centre will reopen in Canberra’s south.

Finally, in the first half of the 2013‑14 financial year, we will officially open Stage 2 of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, and the Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

These are two of the most significant pieces of health infrastructure to have ever been delivered in the ACT, and are an important legacy for Canberra and the surrounding region of this centenary year.