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Affordable rentals in Kaleen

The ACT Government is inviting tenders for a community housing provider to manage new affordable rental housing in Kaleen.

The 33 new two-bedroom units in Kaleen are part of a Housing ACT development. ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry said the successful tenderer will deliver a rental model that targets eligible, low-to-middle income households, with a focus on older people, women, and people living with a disability.

“They will also be required to deliver initiatives that build community and foster belonging for the whole site.”

Minister Berry said the 33 homes would contribute to the ACT Government’s provision to grow the community housing sector by 151 dwelling across different sites, to achieve a “strong social mix” and deliver more affordable rental housing.

Tender closes on 1 October. For more information, visit tenders.act.gov.au

Healthcare collaboration

A joint venture between the University of Canberra and the Australian National University is aiming to increase training capability and research in nursing, midwifery, allied health and medicine.

The South East NSW Health Collaborative project recently celebrated the start of construction of its clinical health training facilities at the Cooma Hospital. The centre marks the first of three facilities in Cooma, Bega and Moruya.

The joint venture between UC and ANU has received nearly $8 million in federal funding. The project aims to make important inroads into the issue of accessibility to healthcare in regional areas, as well as offer potential for collaboration, bridge building and professional development between health service staff and the universities.

The South East NSW Health Collaborative facilities are expected to see completion in late March 2020.

Mental health review

Canberrans are being encouraged to have their say as part of a review of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in the ACT.

The latest ACT Chief Health Officer’s report identifies that younger Canberrans, aged 18-24 years, are the most likely cohort to experience psychological distress, and that 46% of self-harm hospitalisations in the ACT in 2015-16 were young people aged 10 to 24 years.

The review is a key project of the work plan for the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing and is being undertaken in partnership with Mental Illness Education ACT, the Youth Coalition, Capital Health Network and Families ACT.

A survey is available through the ACT Government’s YourSay website, with the community encouraged to share their experiences. The consultation is open until 18 October.

Nelson to depart AWM

Dr Brendan Nelson has announced that he will step down as Director of the Australian War Memorial when his contract ends on 31 December.

Having commenced in the role on 17 December 2012 and after much consideration, Dr Nelson has chosen not to seek a further term as head of the Memorial.

“I am humbled and privileged to have played a role in leading and shaping the Australian War Memorial over the past seven years. In working with a magnificent team of true professionals and the Memorial Council, we have together raised the Memorial’s profile, importance and meaning to the nation,” Dr Nelson said.

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