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The ACT government has launched its fourth nurse-led walk-in-centre providing free healthcare for minor injuries and illnesses in Weston Creek.

Canberra’s walk-in-centres are led by teams of highly skilled advance practice nurses and nurse practitioners experienced in treating people with minor injuries and illnesses.

The latest walk-in-centre will employ more than 10 full-time equivalent nursing positions.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the centre provides affordable and accessible healthcare for the community.

“The walk-in-centre will be able to treat people who have minor injuries and illnesses, including sprains and strains, every day of the year,” she said.

“The ACT was the first jurisdiction to embrace this model of healthcare and we’ll continue to build on its success across Canberra, with the opening of the Inner North walk-in-centre next year.”

More than 17,000 people were treated from July to September this year across existing walk-in-centres in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong.

The new Weston Creek walk-in-centre marked a $5 million refurbishment of the existing community health centre and phase 2 of the project is set to add space for maternal and child services, includng15 treatment rooms.