Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians
Tabled paper 1658
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Denis Burke
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6 We have a far higher proportion of young people than the national average. Our relatively small proportion of community aged over 60, is growing faster in the Territory than elsewhere in Australia. By 2031 the number of Australians aged 65 or over will double; in the Territory this sector will increase fourfold. In the years to 2021, the Northern Territory is projected to have the fastest growth in households, an estimated increase of about 77% compared with a national rise of around 40%. We have to plan for that growth while simultaneously catering for the current demand. Mr Speaker the Territory Governments plans to improve health and hospital services include: Upgrading Royal Darwin Hospital, to include the construction of a new Accident and Emergency Department. Creating a health precinct in Palmerston with extended hours for general practice services and a comprehensive range of medical, specialist and allied health services. Redeveloping the Alice Springs Hospital. Investigating improvements to hospitals in Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Katherine with a focus on accident and emergency and renal dialysis facilities. Continuing the development and upgrading of health centres in remote communities. The needs, and special contributions, of various community sectors, including senior Territorians, Territory youth, women, families with young children and Territorians of differing cultural backgrounds have not been forgotten. Our unique community mix, is part of the reason for our enviable lifestyle. In order to build on and preserve what we have these groups in the community will require, and will receive, full recognition. As an example Mr Speaker, a Round Table of Senior Territorians will be established. It will provide advice to Government on economic, social and cultural issues. It will provide a forum for Senior Territorians to share experiences and skills; and will