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November 30, 2014

Australian Capital Territory to build new hospital at University of Canberra

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has signed an agreement with University of Canberra (UC) to build a new hospital on its campus.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has signed an agreement with University of Canberra (UC) to build a new hospital on its campus.

ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher and UC vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker signed a heads of agreement for the new University of Canberra Public Hospital, which will be built northwest of the university’s Bruce campus.

Katy Gallagher said: "This is excellent news for Canberra, which secures a new hospital for our city and signals the start of an exciting partnership that integrates the University of Canberra with the provision of healthcare.

"The hospital will be a ‘sub-acute’ facility offering a range of rehabilitation services, such as neurological rehabilitation and older persons’ rehabilitation, as well as mental health services and day hospital services, such as hydrotherapy."

"The hospital will be a ‘sub-acute’ facility offering a range of rehabilitation services, such as neurological rehabilitation and older persons’ rehabilitation, as well as mental health services and day hospital services, such as hydrotherapy."

Slated for completion by 2017, an initial sum of $4m was allocated for the planning and design of the hospital.

Stephen Parker said the new hospital is being constructed on the university’s success in integrating teaching, research and treatment in health.

He said: "The University of Canberra already trains a significant proportion of the region’s health workforce.

"Our researchers are finding new ways to tackle the health problems our community faces and our staff and students are delivering health services to the community, locating a hospital on our campus builds our capacity to serve the community in all these areas."

The hospital will be part of an emerging health hub at the university, with a new GP super clinic and faculty of health, according to Parker.

ACT is a territory in southeast Australia, and is the smaller of two self-governing internal territories in the country.

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