Page 2193 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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Questions without notice taken on notice

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to question and a supplementary question by Ms Castley and Mr Hanson on Wednesday, 7 June 2023):

1) The substantive Executive Director, Women, Youth and Children is currently working in the Northside Hospital Transition team. There has continued to be an Executive Director leading the Division through this time. The Acting Executive Director and the Chief Operating Officer have been engaging with RANZCOG as part of the accreditation process.

2) 

a. Staffing shortages continue to be a challenge. This is partly due to retirement, individuals voluntarily reducing working hours and the well-known national skill shortage. Recruitment of registrars and fellows remains challenging as successful candidates tend to preference their choices to the bigger cities, however recruitment of senior medical staff has been more successful and locum doctors have been engaged to cover the shortfall.

Midwifery staffing still faces shortfalls due in part to the national shortage of midwives and agency midwives have been engaged to provide coverage of shortfalls.

b. The below numbers do not include those that have been recruited but had not commenced as at 31 May including further senior medical officers and a senior sonographer.

Staff recruited 1 June 2022 – 31 May 2023

Senior Medical Officers

4

Nursing/Midwifery

19

Junior Medical Officers

9

Health Professional Officers

0

Total

32

3) The table below provides the number of Women, Youth and Children staff who have left and/or taken leave between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023.

Staff Type

Number of staff who have left
(Resignation/Retirement/End of Contract)

Number of staff who have taken leave*

Senior Medical Officers

2

13

Nursing/Midwifery

35

247

Junior Medical Officers

14

36

Health Professional Officers

5

8

Total

56

304

* all leave types – excluding accrued days off – noting that staff are encouraged to access leave regularly as in all areas of CHS


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