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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2256 ..


public hospitals. Patient safety and the normal operations of the hospital are the criteria used to determine if a Code Yellow is activated.

(e) From 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018, Calvary declared a Code Yellow on 13 occasions.

(2) ACT Health is unable to comment on the extent the alert level scale is used at other jurisdictional public hospitals. Canberra Hospital looked at the escalation processes used at John Hunter Hospital (Newcastle), ST Vincent's Hospital (Sydney) and Manuka Hospital (New Zealand) when developing the current escalation policy.

(3) Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) introduced the Capacity Escalation Procedure to assist with bed management and patient flow throughout the hospital. It is an operational tool used to initiate business processes in response to peaks in demand.

The colour code alert system that is used at CHHS is a standardised national system used to alert staff to emergencies happening at or external to CHHS.

Bed Management and patient flow processes are not considered emergencies.

Bed management and patient flow is everyday business for any hospital to function. Canberra Hospital has therefore separated the two systems as to easily identify the appropriate reactions to a capacity alert being called or a hospital emergency.

Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre—review (Question No 1266)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 13 April 2018:

(1) In relation to the answer to part (3) of question on notice No. 882, and given the (a) public interest in the future of the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC) and (b) Government's consideration of the Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis Study (the Study), why did the Minister not mention the status of the Government's review of the future of the BHRC in his ministerial statement of 31 October 2017;

(2) Will the Minister provide a copy of the Study; if not, why not.

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

(1) As outlined in the response to question No. 882, the Government was still considering the analysis of the Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis study at the time of the ministerial statement on 31 October 2017.

(2) The Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis study is being used to inform 2018-19 Budget considerations. While a copy will not be provided at present, the Government will consider the appropriateness of releasing the study in the future.


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