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i) CHS does not report Budget allocations at the Ward level. The total output cost for Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol and Drug Services is outlined on pages 40 of Budget Paper C –

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce do not report budget allocation at the Ward level, internal budgets are not representative of the costs as there are different treatments between hospitals as to the allocation of direct and indirect costs. NWAU costs per mental health patient episode are available through the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) benchmarking portal, the latest data publicly available is 2019/20 -

j) CHS does not report expenditure at the Ward level. CHS’ 2021-22 Annual Report has yet to be finalised, however a recent comparison of CHS’ financial position can be found within CHS’ 2020-21 Annual report –


See response at question i) for Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

k) CHS does not report Average Length of Stay (ALOS) for overnight patients by ward, however for Quarter 2 2021-22 CHS’ ALOS for the Mental Health care type is 17.6 days. Further performance information is available via the ACT Public Health Services Quarterly Performance Report

For CPHB data refer to ACT Health Quarterly Performance Report, Quarter 2, for the overnight mental health care type, results are presented at a Territory wide level and also broken down by hospital.

Canberra Health Services—mental health staffing
(Question No 831)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 10 June 2022:

(1) How many psychologists (headcount and full-time equivalent (FTE)) have been employed by Canberra Health Services (CHS) each year since 2016.

(2) How many psychologists (headcount and FTE) have exited CHS each year since 2016.

(3) Can the Minister provide, for all psychologists employed by CHS, a list of (a) the name of the organisation, (b) how many psychologists work at the organisation (headcount and FTE), (c) the wait times to make an appointment with a psychologist, (d) the wait time to meet the psychologist and (e) the wait times for any follow-up meeting or post-discharge appointment for a psychologist.

(4) What is the average tenure of a psychologist working for CHS since 2016.

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