Page 3523 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 October 2022

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(1) Do family/friends receive support if a child is admitted to the Canberra Hospital’s paediatric high care ward for an eating disorder; if so, what support is provided; if not, why not.

(2) Is there a hospital in the home program for children who have been discharged following an eating disorder presentation; if not, why not.

(3) What supports are available for children who are discharged following an eating disorder presentation.

(4) How many complaints have there been to the paediatric high care ward each year since 2016-17.

(5) How long has the playground been closed and why was it closed and when will it reopen.

(6) Do all the appliances and facilities work or are open in each of the rooms at the ward (for example, televisions and bathrooms).

(7) Do all patients have access to a wheelchair; if not, why not.

(8) How many requests are there for wheelchairs and how many wheelchairs are available for patients.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) The Eating Disorder Clinical Hub has a temporary funded role of Transition Clinician (TC). The purpose of this role is to provide in-reach support to families who have had a child admitted in the context of an eating disorder. The TC attends hospital Multidisciplinary Team Meetings and meets with families during admission to discuss discharge planning and to ensure a smooth transition into care following the young person’s admission. The TC then remains linked-in with family for around six weeks post discharge to ensure that the family and young person have ongoing support in the community. Depending on presentation and individual’s needs, post-discharge may be private or through Canberra Health Services’ (CHS) programs such as Eating Disorder Program.

2) Hospital in the Home referrals are made for children and young people requiring medical intervention. Please refer to question 1 for further information on the TC temporary funded role which will support children and young people with eating disorders post discharge.

3) Depending on presentation and in-line with the young person and their family’s recovery goals, there are several support options offered by CHS post hospital admission. Families are initially engaged with the Clinical Hub TC, may link in with Family Based Therapy parent group or be referred directly into the Eating Disorder Program. Alternatively, families may choose to proceed with private support options.


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