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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4722 ..


(5) The portfolio will be accommodated within the ACT Health Directorate.

(6) The relationship will be similar to that of other state and territory jurisdictions around Australia. The ACT Government will continue to contribute to national and state/territory/commonwealth initiatives/forums/committees.

(7) Governance processes will ensure collaborative management, to ensuring the highest quality research is conducted efficiently.

Hospitals—emergency waiting times (Question No 1725)

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

(1) When did the Minister first become aware that emergency departments were unlikely to meet the target of 70 percent of presentations seen on time.

(2) What action did the Minister take in response.

(3) Can the Minister provide in graphic form, the weekly number of presentations since 1 September 2017 (a) at each emergency department and (b) in aggregate for the ACT.

(4) Can the Minister provide in graphic form, the weekly percentage of presentations completed within four hours since 1 September 2017 (a) at each emergency department and (b) in aggregate for the ACT.

(5) What is the national benchmark target for the percentage of emergency department presentations completed within four hours.

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

(1) There are two targets related to timeliness in the Emergency Department: 1) the percentage of Emergency Department presentations that are treated within Clinically Appropriate Timeframes, separated into triage categories 1 to 5, and 2) the percentage of Emergency Department presentations where the length of stay in the Emergency Department is four hours or less (the National Emergency Access Target - NEAT).

I am made aware of Emergency Department performance through regular reports provided to me throughout the year. The Annual Report provided final results for ED performance in the 17-18 year.

(2) Additional funding has been provided for more ED staff. This will be used to increase the number of senior clinical decision makers on evening and overnight shifts. This additional resource will support timely admission and discharge of patients presenting late in the day and overnight. Parallel to this, focused medical team modelling will be revisited, which will assist in driving ED operational performance.

NEAT performance is affected by seasonal demand. The CHHS Winter Management Plan 2018 (the Winter Plan) commenced on 1 July 2018 and will be operational until 30 November 2018. As part of this plan, 72 additional beds have been opened across the hospital (with a further 12 flexible paediatric beds).


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