Territory-wide health services planning aims to develop services to assist in the delivery of safe and effective healthcare. Our individual and family-centred services are designed to meet the future health needs of people living in the ACT and surrounding region.
ACT Health has developed a Territory-wide Health Services Framework to guide the development and redesign of our healthcare services over the next decade. The Framework includes health services across 3 areas — preventive health, care in the community and care in hospital.
The draft Framework that was released on 19 September 2017 by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing is currently under review.
Key components of the revised Framework include the provision of an endorsed approach to Territory-wide health service planning, including the development of Specialty Service Plans (SSPs) and evidence-based Models of Care.
Territory-wide Health Services Advisory Group
The Territory-wide Health Services Advisory Group is an important forum for health stakeholders, community organisations and consumers to come together and provide advice on the Framework. They also contribute to the vision for safe, effective and person-centred health services in our region.
The Advisory Group includes 11 members from a range of health and community organisations across the territory.
Why we need a territory-wide approach
The Territory-wide Health Services Framework provides strategic direction for the development of an integrated, sustainable and territory-wide health system for the ACT.
A planned and evidence-based approach to health service planning will help meet known challenges such as population growth, an ageing population, growing demand, funding pressures and service and infrastructure commitments.
Specialty Service Plans
Specialty Service Plans (SSPs) highlight important relationships for each specialty service to ensure each patient has a smooth and logical journey through ACT Health. This includes transitions between care in the community, care in hospital and care at home.
SSPs support future planning by looking at the context of each service and the needs of the population, current and future demand, prevention, other specialty services, advances in treatment and technology, and the responsible and efficient use of resources.
We will continue to engage with the health and community sector while we develop and finalise our territory-wide approach.
If you would like more information, or would like to become involved, please contact HealthServicesPlanning@act.gov.au