Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating 100 years of health services in the ACT:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today marked 100 years of healthcare in the ACT and celebrated the 40th birthday of the Canberra Hospital.
“Our healthcare system has come a long way from humble beginnings back in 1913 when Canberra was officially named, and I’d like to acknowledge the work of all those involved in this great healthcare journey,” the Chief Minister said.
Planning began for a permanent hospital in Canberra in August 1913 and commenced operations in Balmain Crescent, Acton in May 1914, with only eight beds. The interim weatherboard building with a corrugated iron roof could accommodate only 28 patients, with a small flat out the back for the two nurses.
In September 1973 the Canberra Hospital which we knew as Woden Valley Hospital was opened. Overall investment in health by the ACT Government today stands at $1.3 billion annually.
One wonder when the 100 years of garbage collection will get a look in.