ACT Election Announcements

Pilot healthcare facility to provide better healthcare for Molonglo region

September 16, 2020

A re-elected Labor Government will expand public healthcare in the Molonglo region by piloting a new, integrated model as one of Labor’s five new walk-in health centres.

The new centre in Coombs will be co-located alongside the existing National Health Co-op.

By co-locating with an existing general practice, the new facility will provide an integrated and co-ordinated health service in the Molonglo Valley.

With a number of young families in the Molonglo Valley, the partnership will focus on maternal and child health by offering a range of maternity health services such as pre-natal checkups and screening closer to home.

The existing National Health Co-op already includes a large waiting room, excellent facilities for staff and patients and a dedicated parent/child space.

The new centre will help Canberra Health Services test a model of working alongside general practice and free up space at the Weston Creek Walk-In Centre for a new medical imaging service.

By co-locating with the National Health Co-op, there are significantly less upfront costs with the model.

It's expected that the centre will require an investment of around $700,000 by a re-elected ACT Labor Government over the next term.

This is part of Labor’s plan to provide better healthcare, where and when Canberrans need it.

Earlier this week, we announced five walk-in health centres in the Inner South, North Gungahlin, South Tuggeranong, West Belconnen and Molonglo.

This commitment is also part of our plan to hire at least 400 new healthcare workers if re-elected.