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Legislative Assembly resolution—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Public Hospital Services: Delivery of Additional Hospital Beds—Options Analysis, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 13 May 2015, concerning the University of Canberra Hospital.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to respond to the resolution of the Assembly of 13 May this year in relation to the University of Canberra public hospital and to address the following points of that resolution. Firstly, in relation to an analysis conducted on subacute demand in the ACT, projected demand for subacute hospital services has been estimated as part of the analysis of future health service needs in the territory. Inpatient activity is projected using a model developed for the ACT and based on a model that has been used in all other jurisdictions and in the private sector. Planning for subacute beds in southern New South Wales local health district was also taken into consideration.

The projection model is recalibrated regularly to incorporate new population projections and the most recent historical hospital activity data and clinical trends, for example in average lengths of stay for admissions. The reports ACT public hospital services: delivery of additional hospital beds options analysis 2011 and Expanding hospital services in the ACT: an additional 400 hospital beds, health service delivery public consultation and discussion paper 2011 identified five options for the location of the additional beds projected as needed in the ACT by 2022. The public consultation and discussion paper noted:

The number of 400 beds is based on current detailed planning but it does not necessarily represent the final number of additional beds across the ACT by 2022, as these numbers will be updated to take into consideration demographic changes, changes in technology and changes in treatments …

Following the decision in 2011 to develop a subacute hospital in the ACT, planning was undertaken to define the scope of services to be delivered from the new facility. In 2011 ACT Health engaged Associate Professor Christopher Poulos to work with clinical specialists and key stakeholders for subacute services to refine the scope of services that could be delivered effectively from the University of Canberra public hospital.

Associate Professor Poulos’s reports raised the contemporary model of care for some rehabilitation and aged-care patients: the day hospital or day service. The Poulos report also highlights the importance of achieving the correct number of geriatric

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