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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4378 ..


CHWC birth centre, (q) the CHWC birthing suites, (r) the CHWC gynaecological unit, (s) the CHWC paediatric wards, (t) the CHWC adolescent wards, (u) the Hospital in the Home unit, (v) TCH Paediatrics Unit, (w) adolescents who stay in TCH Paediatrics Unit, (x) the CHWC, (y) the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the CHWC, (z) the special care nursery at the CHWC, (aa) the level 4 Day Therapy Unit at TCH, (ab) the 14B Oncology Ward of TCH, (ac) the 4A Oncology Ward of TCH, (ad) Radiation Oncology in TCH, (ae) haematology in TCH, (af) the Acute Care Ward for the elderly in TCH, (ag) the Sub Acute Gerontology Unit, (ah) Acute Rehabilitation Unit, (ai) the Intensive Care Unit of TCH, (aj) TCH Emergency Department and (ak) the Acute Surgical Unit.

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

The methodology used to predict workload is the Nurse Hours Per Patient Day (NHPPS), overlaid with a patient acuity indicator, to allow an appropriate and safe care response for patients. This methodology allows wards the flexibility to respond to patients with lower and higher care needs at short notice.

ACT Health recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to develop a workload management framework that will consider nurse patient ratios, acuity indicators and nurse hours per patient day to assist in managing nursing and midwifery workload.

Mental health—nurse to patient ratios (Question No 1728)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) What was the nurse to patient ratio for the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) as at 1 July 2018.

(2) What is the recommended nurse to patient ratio for wards for people with a mental illness.

(3) What was the number of nurses working in the AMHU, as at 1 July 2018 for (a) FTEs and (b) head count.

(4) What is the weekly standard number of hours of work for a FTE nurse working in the AMHU.

(5) What was the average number of hours per week worked per FTE during the period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

(6) How many of the current nurse FTE have training in mental health.

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

(1) The AMHU roster utilises the Nursing Hours per Patient Day (NHPPD) formula to determine the required nursing levels to be rostered per patient/occupied beds over a 24-hour period. As at 1 July 2018 the NHPPD rostering is 11-11-9.


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