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Minister joins Health Council to talk about the future of health

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Minister for Health Ms. Katy Gallagher MLA will join with the ACT Health Council later this month at a Community Forum to talk about a range of key health issues for the ACT.

The Forum will be hosted by the ACT Health Council which provides advice and guidance to the ACT Government on the provision of health care, and is a key mechanism in ensuring ongoing improvement and development of the ACT health system.

“It’s important that members of the community come to the forum to have some input about what they think is important for the future direction of Canberra’s health services,” Ms. Gallagher said.

“Letters have now gone out to health stakeholders asking for their input, along with a range of press advertising inviting consumers and members of the public to come along and have their say,” Ms. Gallagher said.

The forum will be held on Thursday 22 March from 6.00pm – 8.00pm (light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm), at the Marque Hotel,102 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.

The community forum will discuss a range of key health issues including:

. Timely access to essential health care, including emergency department, acute care, waiting times
. Mental Health
. Aged Care
. Chronic Disease Management
. Early Childhood and Vulnerable Families
. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Interested parties should contact the Secretariat to the ACT Health Council on (02) 6205 1100 or karen.pearson@act.gov.au to confirm their attendance or for further inquiries.

Media Contact: Angie Drake 6205 0139 Mobile 0408 092 016 angie.drake@act.gov.au

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