Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gungahlin Community Health Centre

HCCA staff
HCCA has been funded by the ACT Government to provide consumer input into the Health Infrastructure Program.  The HIP Team is Kerry Snell, Heather McGowan and Yelin Hung. the team had a tour of the new  Gungahlin Community Health Centre at the beginning of September.

Smoking ceremony at the Gungahlin Community Health CentreA Ngunnawal elder and his children conducted a smoking ceremony to cleanse the area and enable the consumers and staff of the health centre to be health.

There was an Open Day on 2 September and the community had an opportunity to have a closer look.  We have some photos below that will given you an idea of what the new Centre looks like.

HCCA staff at front entry of Community Health Centre

The clinical areas for the Dental Program look amazing, with the colourful chairs, sterilising room and sterilising cabinets.

 Signage is good. Consumers will be escorted by stff to the treating areas and consulting rooms but the signage is clear.  There are two signs that seemed a little unclear.  The Women's toilet sign is odd: 'Female Ambulant Toilet'. Really, what does that mean? And the 'comingled recycling' intrigued me.

The parking spaces for people with disabilities are very good.  They are well located at the front of the building.

The Centre is impressive. It will be really interesting to see what the consumer feedback is in the coming months as services settle in.

Darlene Cox
Executive Director, HCCA

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