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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (4 August) . .

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a) mentoring and leadership opportunities for women from culturally linguistically diverse backgrounds through the Work Experience and Support Program (WESP) and the Audrey Fagan Women's Leadership Program and the ACT Women's Grants; and

b) flexible employment opportunities for women entering or re-entering the workforce through the ACT Women's Return to Work Grants Program and the CIT Return to Work course.

Health—adult mental health unit (Question No 758)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 7 June 2016:

(1) Further to the answer to Question No. 621, can the Minister confirm that the Adult Mental Health Unit has a total of 35 available inpatient beds for acute care, with an annual operating budget of $8.62 million, which is a cost of $246 286 per bed per year.

(2) Can the Minister has confirm that Ward 2N at Calvary Hospital has a total of 19 available inpatient beds for acute care, with an annual operating budget of $2.19million, which is a cost of $115 263 per bed per year.

(3) Why is it that the Government manages acute care for mentally ill patients at a cost of over double that of Calvary Hospital.

(4) How does the day-to-day functioning of the Adult Mental Health Unit differ to that of Ward 2N at Calvary Hospital.

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

(1) I can confirm the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) has a total of 35 funded inpatient beds for acute care. The annual operating budget for the AMHU is $8.62 million, which is a cost of $246,286 per bed per year.

(2) I can confirm that Ward 2N has a total of 19 inpatient beds. The total 2015-16 annual operating budget is $2.19 million which equates to a figure of $115,263 per bed per year (based on the rounded budget figure).

(3) The AMHU admits patients who are of higher clinical acuity than those admitted to Ward 2N. Additionally, most of the admissions to AMHU are involuntary, in accordance with the detention and treatment provisions under the Mental Health Act 2015. Until March 2016, people needing involuntary care were unable to be admitted to Ward 2N. The level of acuity the AMHU patient group is at the most severe end of the psychiatry spectrum. AMHU is the "intensive care" equivalent for mental health care in the ACT. People admitted to AMHU require intensive treatment in order to reduce significant risk of harm to themselves or to other people. The clinical management and containment this cohort of people require means they are unable to be managed within an open ward environment. Calvary Ward 2N is an open ward.


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