Whether it’s through my role as a mum or my job as Assistant Minister for Health, I think it’s essential to have access to good quality and affordable healthcare.

Here in Yerrabi, there have been a flurry of public and private healthcare options open up during the past couple of years, including the Gungahlin Community Health Centre and a number of GP clinics, including in Crace, Casey, and the Gungahlin Town Centre.

But one of the great success stories over the past few years in other parts of Canberra has been the introduction of nurse-led walk-in centres, which provide free access to health care for treatments to cuts, sprains, abrasions and advice and treatments for common illnesses.

The ACT Government has two walk-in centres – in Belconnen and Tuggeranong – and I’m thrilled a re-elected ACT Labor Government will open a walk-in centre in Gungahlin, as well as one in Weston Creek.

This move will provide Yerrabi families will easy access to health care and allow for greater peace of mind.

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This backs up some significant funding in our area for adult mental health services and the building of the nearby University of Canberra Public Hospital, as well as a number of other health initiatives, including the paediatric palliative care nurse position that’s a very special one.

I’ll be around the region this weekend if you want to chat about health care or any other issues. My mobile offices will be:
• Saturday 30 July, 9-11.30am, Gungahlin United Football Club at Harrison