Territory-wide Health Services

Territory-wide health services planning aims to ensure that our health services are aligned with the future health needs of people living in the ACT and the surrounding region and are safe and sustainable.

Territory-wide Health Service Plan

A Territory-wide Health Service Plan is currently being developed and will provide a system wide view of priorities for health service development and redesign across the ACT, over the next five years – ten years.

It will consider the range of public health services provided by Canberra Health Services, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, and other organisations such as non-government organisations funded by the ACT Health Directorate to deliver health services in the community.

Key considerations of the planning process will be: 

  • Aligning services with need;
  • A focus on prevention;
  • Improving integration of services; and
  • Embracing technology.

The Plan will be based on a comprehensive assessment of health service needs across the care continuum on a geographic basis and will also include specific consideration of the needs of priority population groups.

A Territory-wide Health Service Plan Steering Committee is overseeing the development of the Plan.

A communique on the status of the Territory-wide Health Service Plan has been developed to update stakeholders on progress and is available here.

Why we need a Territory-wide approach

The Territory-wide Health Service Plan will provide the direction for development of an integrated, sustainable health system for the ACT.

A planned and evidence-based approach to health service planning will help deliver better value care in the context of known challenges such as population growth, an ageing population, growing demand, and technological changes in an environment of limited resources.

Clinical Services Plans and Health Services Plans

Following completion of the Territory-wide Health Service Plan, a program of work will be established for development of  Clinical Services Plans and Health Services Plans for specific services and population groups. These more detailed plans support future planning by looking at the context of each service and the needs of the population, current and future demand, opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention, other specialty services, advances in treatment and technology, and the responsible and efficient use of resources.

Further Information

We will continue to engage with the health and community sector while we develop and finalise our planning approach.

If you would like more information, or would like to become involved, please contact HealthServicesPlanning@act.gov.au.

Progress update on the development of a Territory-wide Health Service Plan

Page last updated on: 10 Sep 2020