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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 692..


(3) What categories of acute illnesses did patients present with during these periods.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) There were 113 transfers into the MAPU from its opening in May 2007 to 30 June 2007.

(b) There were 665 transfers into the MAPU from 1 July 2007 to 31 January 2008.

Source: The Canberra Hospital ward transfer file 2006-07 and 2007-08

(2) (a) The average age of patients in the MAPU in 2006-07 was 71 years. Of this total:

(i) 68 percent were female

(ii) 32 percent were male

(b) The average age of patients in the MAPU in 2007-08 was 71 years. Of this total:

(i) 58 percent were female

(ii) 42 percent were male

Source: The Canberra Hospital admitted patient data set 2006-07 and 2007-08

(3) The MAPU service manages people with a wide variety of conditions. To date, the major types of acute illness managed within the unit relate to respiratory, circulatory and musculoskeletal conditions.

Hospitals—staffing

(Question No 1848)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

In relation to the Medical Appointments and Training Unit, in what way has the centralisation of recruitment, training, appointment and credentialing of medical officers assisted in the availability of suitably qualified and credentialed staff.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The centralisation of recruitment, appointment, credentialing and training of medical officers has achieved a number of benefits since the ACT Health Medical Appointments and Training Unit (MATU) was established in August 2006.

MATU has -

1. Developed expertise in strategic recruitment to address areas of clinical service vulnerability in the territory and the region;

2. Developed new policies in relation to medical workforce management that apply to all divisions of ACT Health;

3. Improved and standardized selection, appointments, credentialing, and clinical privileging procedures;


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