More elective surgery and sub-acute beds for the ACT

The ACT is seeing immediate benefits of national health reform with an additional 800 operations and four new sub-acute beds, the result of $14.5 million provided by the Gillard Government.

Since 2007, The Federal Government has committed more than $518 million to the ACT through national health reform. The Gillard Government’s priority is to make sure the ACT health system has the resources it needs for more beds and better care for patients.The good news is that those benefits are rolling out already in the ACT.800 additional elective surgery operations have been funded by national health reform this year in the ACT.

This is on top of the 1,100 additional elective surgery operations the Commonwealth has already funded in the ACT over the past three years.These elective surgery operations for public patients are taking place both in public and private hospitals in the Territory, as the ACT Government looks for innovative ways to take advantage of capacity in the private system.

There is also funding for new elective surgery equipment at the Calvary Hospital and Canberra Hospital eye clinic.

Four new sub-acute beds will be provided for at the Canberra Hospital. These beds will cater for patients who are not medically stable enough to be moved to sub-acute beds at Calvary Hospital.

I will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth to ensure the investment of $49 million of national health reform funding will get the best outcomes for the people of the ACT.

National health reform is working. The benefits we have already seen show the Commonwealth and Territory partnership is successfully delivering real benefit for the community.

Further announcements of other Commonwealth-funded health and hospital projects for the ACT will be made in the future as national health reform continues to deliver.

Summary of National Health Reform projects for the ACT

National health reform projects for the ACT to a total value of almost $10.4 million will be undertaken in 2010-11, including:

ACT Elective Surgery Access Plan ($8 million) that will increase access to elective surgery within the public system for an additional 800 people, including:

  • Operational funding for an immediate increase in access to elective surgery in ACT public hospitals;
  • Funding for elective surgery for public patients in private hospitals where capacity in the private sector allows;
  • Additional elective surgery procedures at Calvary hospital above the hospital’s base level of operations;
  • Capital funding for additional elective surgery equipment at Calvary Hospital;
  • Ophthalmology equipment to support additional elective surgery activity at Canberra Hospital eye clinic; and
  • System improvements to improve effective and efficient use of elective surgery and emergency department resources.

ACT Care around the Clock ($1.1 million) to analyse systems and process at the the Canberra Hospital to improve patient journey and reduce delays. The project identified a number of ways to improve patient flow to ensure people in the emergency department and throughout the hospital are receiving the right care at the right time in the right place by the right person. A number of projects are now underway addressing these opportunities.

Four new subacute beds ($900,000) for the Canberra Hospital’s Aged Care inpatient ward in Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services at the Canberra Hospital, taking the total to 21 beds. This funding is being provided to allow more flexibility for patients who are not medically stable enough to be moved to sub-acute beds at Calvary Hospital and provide better links between the ED and the Aged Care for the Elderly Unit.