ACT Government Invests $57.6 Million in Paediatric Health Services

ACT, Australia

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The ACT Government has announced a significant investment of $57.6 million in the 2024-25 Budget to expand paediatric health services for children and young people in the community and in hospitals. The initiative will enhance paediatric critical care at Canberra Hospital through the establishment of a new paediatric critical care team and provide additional funding for the expansion of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services.

The Government plans to establish a new location for community-based paediatric services, making it easier for children with developmental delays or certain health conditions to access the services they need in the community. This investment supports the implementation of actions outlined in the Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan 2023-2030, which aims to improve healthcare access and quality for children in the region.

Additionally, $18 million will be invested to fund extra cots in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery at Canberra Hospital to support critically unwell newborns. The ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, stated that the Government is committed to delivering health services for children, adolescents, and their families where and when they need it.

Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith, emphasized the importance of the Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan in ensuring children have access to high-quality healthcare that enables them to live their best and healthiest lives. The investments made in this budget build upon previous initiatives to expand paediatric services at Canberra Hospital and support the paediatric medical, nursing, and allied health workforce.

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