The current Minister for Health is Meegan Fitzharris.
Phone: (02) 6205 0051
GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601
The current Minister for Mental Health is Shane Rattenbury
Phone: (02) 62050005
GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601
Vision and values
ACT Health's vision is 'Your Health - Our Priority.'
Our values are:
Our vision, and these values developed by ACT Health staff, represent what we believe is important and worthwhile. Our values underpin the way we work and how we treat others.
We aim to deliver the best service to meet the needs of our community.
Role, functions and services
For more information about our healthcare services visit the Health Services section of this website.
A comprehensive range of services is delivered from the Canberra Hospital campus, including acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services and pathology services.
Community-based services are provided from various venues across the ACT, as well as in people’s homes.
Overall investment in health by the ACT Government today stands at $1.3 billion annually.
ACT Health partners with the community and consumers for better health outcomes by:
- delivering patient- and family-centred care
- strengthening partnerships
- promoting good health and wellbeing
- improving access to appropriate health care, and
- having robust safety and quality systems.
We aim for sustainability and improved efficiency in the use of resources, by designing sustainable services to deliver outcomes efficiently, and embedding a culture of research and innovation.
ACT Health aims to support our people and strengthen teams, by helping staff to reach their potential, promoting a learning culture and providing high-level leadership.
Clients and stakeholders
ACT Health works closely with other ACT Government agencies such as the ACT Government's Community Services Directorate, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, and emergency services providers such as the ACT Ambulance Service and the Australian Federal Police.
Formalised consultative arrangements exist with a range of agencies, such as the Health Care Consumers' Association(ACT), ACT Medicare Local and mental health, alcohol and drug, and other community service providers.
The tertiary and training sectors remain key partners in the planning, development and delivery of healthcare services. Partnership arrangements with the Australian National University Medical School, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University and Canberra Institute of Technology are well established and serve to assure the future supply of skilled health professionals.
To locate ACT Health policy documents, visit the Policies and Plans section of this website.
How healthy are we?
The latest Chief Health Officer's Report shows the demographic profile of the ACT population is shifting towards an older profile.
This shift, along with increases in life expectancy and changes to lifestyle, will result in an increase in the number of people with age-related chronic conditions with a subsequent heavier demand for health services.
For health related legislation visit: the ACT Legislation Register