Page 1032 - Week 03 - Thursday, 7 April 2022
Canberra Hospital—Adult Mental Health Unit
(Question No 648)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 11 February 2022 (redirected to the Minister for Mental Health):
(1) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of all staff currently engaged at the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) at the Canberra Hospital, including number of staff, job title, work classification, employment type and workload.
(2) How many patients are currently being treated at AMHU.
(3) How many incidents of assault on a staff member by a patient/s have been reported in each year for the past three years.
(4) How many staff have taken personal or medical leave due to an incident of assault by a patient, and what has been the total period of leave taken for this reason in each year for the past three years.
(5) How many staff have left their employment at AHMU in each year for the past three years.
(6) How many staff have left their employment due to have experienced assault or stress from dealing with aggressive patients.
(7) How are patients managed where there is not enough staff available to keep regular care standards at each of the following units, ie patient lockdown.
(8) What kind of training is provided to staff so that they can safely and effectively manage aggressive behaviour in patients.
(9) Which staff receive this training, ie nurses, wardsmen etc.
(10) Is ongoing and/or higher-level training provided to staff; if so, how often and what kind of training is provided to what staff.
(11) How are patients who have committed acts of aggression and assault towards staff members managed, ie medicative, punitive, therapeutic, policy measures etc.
(12) How many patients currently have work or school commitments that are accommodated by their treatment plan.
Ms Davidson: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Full Time Equivalent of staff employed and offering services to Adult Mental Health (including Access Mental Health team, Central Management, Adult Mental Health, Adult Acute Mental Health Service, Adult Mental Health Unit, Home Assessment Acute Response Team and Police, Ambulance, Clinician Emergency Response, Mental Health Consultation Liaison team and Mental Health Short Stay Unit) is detailed in the table below. Details related to workload is not able to be provided.