Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2022) . . Page.. 3511 ..
Answers to questions
Health—birthing and maternity services
(Question No 805)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 June 2022:
(1) What is the (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent of midwives employed by Canberra Health Services (CHS).
(2) How many care and birthing options are available for pregnant women and can the Minister provide details.
(3) Of the options referred to in part (2), since 2016, how (a) many places were available for each option, (b) many women applied for a place in each option and (c) much funding does each option receive.
(4) Has the Minister’s office received any complaints from women who have not received their preferred option; if so, how many complaints have been received and can the Minister provide details.
(5) How many beds are there/have there been at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital in the maternity unit/birthing wards each year since 2016.
(6) What is the average length of stay, since 2016, in the maternity unit/birthing ward at (a) Canberra Hospital and (b) Calvary Public Hospital,
(7) What is the average cost of an overnight stay in the maternity unit/birthing ward at
(a) Canberra Hospital and (b) Calvary Public Hospital, since 2016.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) a) and b) Please refer to the answer to Question on Notice 797 (Q 13 b).
(2) The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) Model of Care options for pregnant women include Continuity of Care (which also includes Homebirth), Midwifery-led Care, Specialist Obstetric-led Care, Fetal Medicine-led Care, Specialist Clinics (Diabetes, Pregnancy Enhancement, Multiples, Young Parents, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Preterm Birth, BuMP), GP Shared Care and Private Obstetric-led Care.
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce (CPHB), options include the Maternity Care Team and Continuity of Midwifery Care Program.
Information about these options can be found in Maternity in Focus: The ACT Public Maternity System Plan 2022-2032, available here: Maternity in Focus: The Public Maternity System Plan 2022-2032 (act.gov.au)
(a) The CHS CHWC can accommodate up to 3,800 births per year based on current budgeted staffing. This includes 2800 births provided through Midwifery Led Care, Specialist Obstetric Led Care, Fetal Medicine Led Care, Specialist Clinics (Diabetes, Pregnancy Enhancement, Multiples, Young Parents, CALD,