On Saturday 16 June 2018 the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris, officially opened the University of Canberra Hospital: Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research.
Minister Fitzharris was joined by Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury, ACT Health staff, and health care stakeholders and consumer representatives for a celebration on site at the hospital.
Over the next few weeks final testing will be completed before the hospital opens its doors to the first patients in July.
Media release - Canberrans welcome into our newest hospital
Community open day
On Saturday 16 June 2018 the University of Canberra Hospital opened its doors to the community.
Canberrans toured the new gyms, hydrotherapy pool, rooms, living spaces and day treatment areas.
University of Canberra student musicians played for guests while they learnt about Canberra’s newest and first, public rehabilitation hospital.
Hospital building is named Yurwang Mura
The new University of Canberra Hospital building has been named Yurwang Mura; Ngunnawal words meaning ‘strong pathway’.
Minister Fitzharris announced the name at the official opening of the hospital on Saturday 16 June 2018.
The name has been gifted to the hospital by the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, and is a reflection of the strong pathway towards physical and mental healing that will be provided to people at the hospital.
Major construction works complete
On Monday 19 February the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris, visited Canberra’s purpose-built rehabilitation hospital to mark the formal handover of the building to ACT Health and announce its official name - the University of Canberra Hospital: Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research.
The Minister said the name was fitting for the new facility, noting the dedicated role that this hospital will hold within the broader health system in the ACT.
The hospital will open in July 2018.
Over the next few months, ACT Health will prepare the hospital and its staff to deliver services to the community, including:
- building the café to be located in the heart of the building
- installing equipment and furniture throughout the building, and
- training and familiarising the approximately 300 staff with the new building’s layout and improved ways of delivering health services.
Media release - Construction complete at University of Canberra Hospital
Rehabilitation courtyard complete
In mid-September 2017, the UCPH Rehabilitation Courtyard was completed.
The courtyard will support recovery by re-training patients in day-to-day activities and functional skills, like gardening, hanging washing, using ramps and steps, mobilising over different surfaces and negotiating curbs.