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Thursday, July 25, 2024

New health care centre for Griffith

The ACT Government has announced it will build a new health centre in Griffith to provide Inner South residents with access to more health services, closer to home.

The Government has commenced the first stages of design and planning for the new health centre, which will be located near the corner of Throsby Crescent and Throsby Lane, behind the Griffith shops.

Consultation with Inner South residents begins from today and will offer an opportunity for the community to have their say on what services they would like to see delivered from this health centre, the Government said in a statement.

This community consultation will include a range of activities including a series of pop-up information stalls and a community information session.

“We are investing across the ACT public health system to ensure Canberrans can access the right care, when and where they need it,” said Chief Minister, Andrew Barr (pictured, right).

“The Critical Services Building at the expanded Canberra Hospital opens soon, additional services are being provided at our nurse-led Walk-in Centres, and we are building more community health centres and investing in our health workforce.”

The Centres are designed to complement Canberra’s existing network of nurse-led Walk-in Centres, community health centres and the ACT public hospital system.

Services will be provided by multi-disciplinary teams of nursing, medical and allied health professionals.

The 2024-25 Budget includes $52.8 million to fund the design and construction of the Inner South and North Gungahlin Health Centres and design for a West Belconnen Health Centre.

Consultation has begun on services and design of the North Gungahlin Health Centre, to be located in Casey.

Early design and feasibility for the West Belconnen Health Centre is also underway and a proposed location will announced in coming weeks.

This investment builds on funding in the 2023-24 Budget for the design and construction of the new South Tuggeranong Health Centre where services have recently been announced, including paediatrics, pathology, dementia care and community nursing.

“Canberrans have told us they want more health services, closer to where they live. We will continue to expand health services and infrastructure across the ACT,” said Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith (pictured, left).

“We are building the future of healthcare in the ACT to ensure people have access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

“Investing in person-centred nursing, allied health and specialist care that is better integrated with general practice will keep Canberrans healthier, taking pressure off our acute hospital system. That means better outcomes for individuals and the community.”

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