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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 949..


(13) The new logos will be added to marked ACT Government vehicles only as new signage is required (ie at no additional cost to the Government).

(14) New logos will be added to uniforms as they are replaced (ie at no additional cost to the Government).

(15) Yes. As websites are refreshed and enhanced over time in the normal course of business, the new logo will be added. There will be minimal cost to achieve this.

Hospitals-nurses

(Question No 899)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) How many nurses were recruited to work in the ACT Health system in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 to date;

(2) How many nurses left the ACT Health system in the years listed in part (1);

(3) What is the net gain or loss of nursing staff in the years listed in part (1);

(4) Given that recently the Northern Territory's nursing federation said that nurses at Alice Springs Hospital's Emergency Department were at breaking point and staff were leaving faster than they could be replaced, are there any concerns currently about staff retention at Canberra's public hospitals; if so, what is the Government doing to address the problem.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The table below provides figures in response to parts (1), (2) and (3) of your question, as numbered.

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

@ 28 Feb 2006

(1) Permanent Appointments

144

169

292

121

(2) Permanent Separations

161

179

237

106

(3) Net gain

-17

-10

55

15

(4) Nursing and midwifery shortages continue to be a concern nationally and internationally.

For the three year period 2002-2003 to 2004-2005, the numbers of permanent nursing and midwifery appointments within ACT Health increased.

For the three year period 2002-2003 to 2004-2005 there has been an increasing net gain in nurses and midwives across ACT Health.

ACT Health is continuing to pursue all avenues to cooperate in national initiatives to encourage growth in the nursing and midwifery workforce and to attract and retain highly skilled staff to the ACT.


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