Health Infrastructure and Planning branch
Secure Mental Health Unit model of care
The draft model of care (MoC) for the ACT's Secure Mental Health Unit was released for public and stakeholder comment in November 2013. The availability of the draft MoC on the ACT Government's Time to Talk consultation website, and the opportunity to provide comment, was promoted through press advertising, social media, a project web page, posters, internal staff notices, and a project newsletter delivered to mental health staff, consumer and carer representative groups, and more than 3000 households located within approximately 1.5 kilometres of the site of the new facility.
A community information session about the draft MoC was held in December 2013. Approximately 30 people attended the session that was facilitated by Dr Norman Swan, ABC Radio National Health Report presenter, and included a Q&A panel discussion with experts in mental health service delivery. Feedback on the draft MoC was received through formal submissions, focus groups and at the public information session.
Overall, the MoC received positive feedback. As a result of the feedback, the sections on physical health needs, the need for outdoor spaces and occupational rehabilitation needs were expanded. The feedback showed that the community on the whole wanted to see a more therapeutic environment for people with moderate to severe mental illness.
Secure Mental Health Unit preliminary sketch plan
In May 2014, the preliminary sketch plan for the Secure Mental Health Unit was released for public and stakeholder comment. A preliminary sketch plan is the first stage of the design phase and illustrates what the final building may look like at the final sketch plan stage.
The plan was made available on the ACT Government's Time to Talk consultation website. The opportunity to comment was promoted through press advertising, social media, a project web page, posters, internal staff notices and a project newsletter.
A community information session, similar to one held as part of the unit's MoC consultation, was held in May 2014. An audience of just under 40 people comprising ACT Health employees, mental health sector workers, consumer and carerrepresentatives, and residents of homes near the site of the facility received presentations from experts in mental health service delivery and from the unit's architect before a Q&A panel discussion took place.
The Health Infrastructure Program received 12 formal submissions. Although there remains some opposition to the site for the new facility, and concerns about consultation during site selection process, in general the design plans were wellreceived by most stakeholders. Overall comments on the plan were supportive of the new facility with most of the comments received simply seeking further information or clarification.
The comments received during the consultation period are welcomed and valued by the project team and will be used to guide the development of the final sketch plan, prior to the lodgement of a development application in the second half of 2014.
Belconnen Community Health Centre open day
Before the new Belconnen Community Health Centre was opened, Canberrans were given the opportunity to take a look through the new building and engage in the final stage in the facility's development before it became operational. The community open day was held in November 2013 and was advertised through print and radio outlets, an eigh-tpage lift-out in the Canberra Times, social media and printed promotional material. The open day drew a large crowd, in excess of 750 people. The feedback about the new facility was overwhelmingly positive.
Tuggeranong Community Health Centre open day
Before the newly expanded and refurbished Tuggeranong Community Health Centre was opened, Canberrans were invited to walk through the completed building before it opened its doors to its first clients. The open day, held in March 2014, was advertised through print and radio outlets, an eight-page lift-out in the Canberra Times, social media and printed promotional material. Around 300 people attended the open day, many of whom were past clients of the centre, who offered glowing compliments about its refurbishment and expansion.
University of Canberra Public Hospital service delivery plan
In June 2014 the service delivery plan for the University of Canberra was released for comment. The service delivery plan outlines the range of services that will be offered from the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH). It also sets out the technical and environmental issues that need to be considered in the design, and outlines the design concept. The plan was made available on the ACT Government's Time to Talk consultation website. The opportunity to comment was promoted through press advertising, social media, a project web page, posters, internal staff notices and a project newsletter delivered to key stakeholders and residents of homes near the site of the new facility. At 30 June 2014 the consultation period for the service delivery plan remained open. Thirteen submissions had been received by that date. Health Infrastructure and Planning Branch had also begun working with the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT (HCCA) to plan a forum, to be held in early July 2014, for HCCA members and interested community stakeholders. The HCCA will consolidate comments and prepare a formal submission.
University of Canberra Public Hospital environment assessment
Development of the new UCPH on its planned site is considered a 'controlled action' under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This means that it is considered to have a significant environmental impact and therefore requires assessment and approval before construction can proceed.
Documentation and reports relating to impacts on box gum woodland, golden sun moths, and flora and fauna were made available for public comment in May 2014.The documentation was made available on the ACT Government's Time to Talk consultation website and in hard copy at Macarthur House in Lyneham and the Belconnen Library.Opportunities to comment were promoted through the ACT Government Community Noticeboard, social media and UCPH project web page.
At 30 June 2014 the consultation period for the environmental assessment remained open. Only one submission, a supportive letter from the Friends of Grassland, had been received.