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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1030..


Additionally, rostering practices have changed relating to the usage of agency nurses and maintenance of a relief pool. These practices are governed in accordance with guidelines that are outlined in the Certified Agreement.

With this caution the following numbers are provided

ACT Health (excl Calvary) Agency FTE and costs

FTE

Total Costs ($)

2001-2002

25.9

n/a

2002-2003

17.5

3,578,304

2003-2004

22.7

2,073,993

2004-2005

32.5

3,325,717

2005-2006

44.7

4,588,540

2006-2007

22.6

2,350,646

2007-2008

32.2

3,038,679

Calvary Public Hospital Agency FTE and costs

FTE

Total Costs ($)

2001-2002

n/a

n/a

2002-2003

2

328,000

2003-2004

3.2

370,000

2004-2005

1.7

226,000

2005-2006

8.6

941,000

2006-2007

11.3

1,335,000

2007-2008

11.3

1,431,000

(2) The Cost of agency staff is included in the answer to part (1)

(3) The average number of full time equivalent vacant nursing positions during October, November and December 2007 were as follows;

Oct 2007

Nov 2007

Dec 2007

Average

The Canberra Hospital

133.5

142.54

138.43

138.16

Calvary Public Hospital

43.66

43.66

n/a

43.66

(4) As a guide, the hourly rate charged for agency nurses is 30% - 50% higher than average hourly rates for ACT Health employed nurses. Different charges are variously applied for postgraduate qualifications, the level of postgraduate experience and for the shifts worked.

The cost differential between agency nurses and nurses employed directly by The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital varies.

Disability services—advisory council

(Question No 1867)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 14 February 2008:

What work is the Disability Advisory Council currently charged with and when will it be releasing its next public report.


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