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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3185 ..


(4) 16 March 2018.

(5) As you would expect I discussed the structure of ACT Health with the Director General on several occasions as we sought to ensure ACT Health operated as effectively as possible.

The issue of executive leadership was one of a number of issues discussed between myself and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing as part of the broader considerations relating to the restructure of ACT Health.

Mental health—psychiatric services (Question No 1498)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 8 June 2018:

(1) How many full time equivalent (FTE) permanent psychiatrists were employed in the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) as at 30 April 2018.

(2) What was the optimum number of FTE permanent psychiatrists for the AMHU as at 30 April 2018.

(3) If the answer to part (1) is less than the answer given to part (2), why was it less.

(4) What percentage of psychiatric services were provided by locum psychiatrists in the AMHU during the year to 30 April 2018.

(5) What specific strategies is the directorate pursuing to secure at least the optimum number of permanent psychiatrists for the AMHU.

(6) How many FTE permanent psychiatrists have been recruited to the AMHU in the period since 15 February 2018.

(7) In relation to the answer to question on notice No 1268 part (3), and noting the advice given in the answer dated 4 March 2018 to the question without notice taken on notice that "in 2018-19, all 40 beds will be used to measure occupancy rates", and noting the Minister did not answer the question fully, as asked, will the Minister now provide an answer to the question.

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

(1) One full time equivalent (FTE) permanent psychiatrist was employed in the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) as at 30 April 2018.

(2) There has not been an articulated optimum number of permanent psychiatrist within the AMHU, either before or after 30 April 2018. The reason for this is that the permanent status is less important than other factors such as the FTE and expertise of the consultants involved in provision of services.

The current medical staff establishment is 4.5 FTE Consultant Psychiatrists (including the Clinical Director for the Adult Acute Mental Health Services), four FTE Psychiatric Registrars and three FTE Resident Medical Officers. The 4.5 FTE Consultant Psychiatrists is aligned with staffing in other jurisdictions for an acute inpatient facility with 37 funded beds.


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