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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1321..


(4) Nursing staff on the Unit conduct checks on the consumers as per the ARC checklist. One nurse from the shift ending and one from the commencing shift, conduct an environmental audit in the High Dependency Unit at the commencement of each shift. Two registered nurses check the S4 and S8 medications at the beginning and the end of each shift. Nurses also enter nursing notes for each consumer under their care for each shift. The shifts for nursing staff are in accordance with the ACT Public Sector Nursing Staff Agreement 2004-2007. (i.e. morning and evening shifts are 8 hours and night shift is 10 hours).

(5) Checklists such as the ARC score are generally done on paper. Reports and clinical notes are entered via an electronic system.

(6) There is no requirement to prepare checklists electronically as well as on paper.

(7) Nursing workload fluctuates depending on the acuity of the consumers admitted to the unit. Workload issues have been raised by staff and, together with their industrial representatives and management, a process has been agreed to address and manage these issues.

(8) Yes. Nurses on the unit provide holistic care and offer support, medication and therapies to alleviate the symptoms of the consumer's illness. The emphasis is on a therapeutic intervention not custodial care. Consumers are managed in the least restrictive and intrusive manner allowable, based on assessment to ensure the safety of the consumer and the wider community.

Health—breastfeeding

(Question No 1029)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

(1) Further to your response to question on notice No 904, what are the ten workplaces that have currently received Australian Breastfeeding Association accreditation in the ACT;

(2) Is the Minister disappointed with such a low figure for the number of business accredited; if not, why not;

(3) What is the Government doing to encourage more businesses to receive accreditation.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association's website, the ten workplaces that have currently received Australian Breastfeeding Association accreditation in the ACT are:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre;
  • Australian Government Department of Treasury;
  • Calvary Hospital;
  • Department of Health and Ageing;
  • Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs;
  • Department of Education, Science and Training;

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