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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4379 ..


(2) ACT Health currently uses NHPPD to calculate rosters not ratios.

ACT Health recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation to develop a workload management framework that will consider nurse-patient ratios, acuity indicators and NHPPD to assist in managing nursing and midwifery workloads.

(3) The AMHU nursing staffing profile is:

a) 68 FTE nursing staff, which includes an Assistant Director of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC), Registered Nurses (RN), Enrolled Nurses (EN), Assistants in Nursing (AIN), Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE), and post graduate and new graduate nurses on placement.

b) The headcount at 1 July 2018 was 64.

(4) In accordance with the ACT Public Service Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017 the ordinary hours of work for a FTE nurse is 40 hours per week (with a monthly accrued day off).

(5) The average number of hours per week a FTE will work is 40 hours (i.e. 5 x 8 hour shifts or 4 x 10 hour night shifts).

(6) All nursing staff working in the AMHU have training in mental health through their essential education requirement of ACT Health, and specific training during their orientation to the unit. In addition, nurses are required to undergo 30 hours of professional development to maintain their registration with AHPRA.

Mental health—ministerial briefings (Question No 1729)

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

(1) How many briefs were prepared for the Minister for Mental Health each month from 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2018.

(2) Did the Directorate maintain an index of briefs prepared for the Minister for Mental Health between 1 January 2018 and 30 September 2018; if yes, can the Minister append a copy to the answer to this question; if not, why not.

(3) How many question time briefs were prepared for the Minister for Mental Health each month from 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2018.

(4) What topics were referenced in the question time briefs for 20 September 2018 for the Minister for Mental Health.

(5) Were estimates briefs prepared for the Minister for Mental Health before the Health Directorate appeared before the Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019 on 21 June 2018; if yes, what topics were covered in those briefs; if not, why not.


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