Planning for the future of our health system

Released 28/07/2020

The ACT Government is planning for the future of the ACT health system, based on strong policy, integrated systems and excellence in health and medical research.

Accessible, Accountable, Sustainable: A Framework for the ACT Public Health System 2020–2030 has been formally released today.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said the Framework has been developed to provide a common vision for the strategic, policy and planning activities that will shape the future direction of ACT public health services.

“The Framework outlines how the different elements of the ACT’s public health system fit together to deliver exceptional care right across the community. It highlights the importance of integrating services across three areas of health – preventive health, community-based services and care in hospital.

“This Framework sets out the ACT Government’s vision for the next ten years as we continue working to ensure our public health system is innovative, sustainable and effective now and into the future.

“A key focus for the ACT Government is building an inclusive health system that provides accessible care to population groups who are at particular risk of poor health outcomes, and this has been identified as a priority under the Framework,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

The Framework centres around three strategic goals to deliver a high performing, safe health system delivering person centred service and safe and effective care:

Access – Providing the right service, at the right time, in the right place, by the right team – every time.

Accountability – Robust and transparent decision making that supports the health system.

Sustainability – Strategic investment to support health services now and into the future.

The Framework also identifies the priority population groups and key strategic partnerships required to deliver on the key strategies identified under each goal.

Substantial progress has already been made on a number of underpinning strategies, including Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020-2025, the Digital Health Strategy 2019-2029, the Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, and ongoing Territory wide health services and infrastructure planning.

The Framework was developed in consultation with an advisory group that included representatives from consumer, carer, peak and advocacy groups, primary health care and clinical services.

“I want to thank the many stakeholders who worked with the ACT Health Directorate to develop the Framework. The contribution of consumers, carers, non-government providers and clinicians is absolutely vital to delivering robust health system policy and planning,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

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