ACT Election Announcements

ACT Labor to deliver free, accessible healthcare in Canberra’s suburbs

September 14, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will build on our successful nurse-led Walk-in Centres and Community Health Centres with five new local walk-in health centres offering accessible public health care across Canberra’s suburbs.

The expanded network of local health services reflects ACT Labor’s ongoing commitment to deliver better healthcare, where and when Canberrans need it. 

Having access to free, high quality public healthcare is part of what makes Canberra a great place to live, and ACT Labor will keep it that way as our city grows.

The local walk-in health centres will be delivered in areas of future growth and need outside our town centres. This includes:

  • South Tuggeranong
  • West Belconnen
  • Inner South
  • Molonglo
  • North Gungahlin

The centres will complement the existing nurse-led Walk-in Centres, providing access to immediate care as well as appointment-based services that meet the needs of local communities. 

Walk-in health centres will have a focus on prevention, early intervention and coordinated care for people with chronic illness.

Nurse-led multidisciplinary teams will work closely with consumers, carers and general practitioners to help keep Canberrans out of hospital and take pressure off our emergency departments.  

A re-elected Labor team will work with local communities to ensure each local walk-in health centre caters to the needs of our diverse regions and neighborhoods.

The centres will be rolled out progressively between 2021-22 and the middle of the decade.

This commitment is part of our plan to hire at least 400 new healthcare workers.