Page 2095 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 June 2015

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I now turn to the total number of new additional subacute beds, including day spaces and equivalent proposed, alongside the transfer of existing places. In relation to this matter there are currently 189 bed equivalents in the ACT public health system in aged and subacute care. In 2022 there will be 300 bed equivalents.

This represents a significant increase in the ability to deliver aged care, rehabilitation and palliative care services in the ACT. Existing beds that will move to UCPH are currently accommodated in the acute rehabilitation ward 12B at Canberra Hospital, 20 beds; the rehabilitation independent living unit, RILU, at Canberra Hospital, 16 beds; and the aged care and rehabilitation unit at Calvary Hospital, 28 beds—a total of 64 aged care and rehabilitation beds.

In addition, 20 adult mental health rehabilitation beds from the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre will move to UCPH, and 25 adult mental health day places, 10 bed equivalents, will move from Belconnen Community Health Centre to UCPH. This is a total of 84 beds and 25 day places.

UCPH will have 120 overnight aged care and rehabilitation beds plus 20 overnight mental health rehabilitation beds, and 75 day service places. Therefore there will be 56 additional overnight beds and 50 additional day service places at UCPH.

Turning to item 4 of the resolution, that the government ensure that the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ACT are engaged on future design committees, there have been a number of points at which consultation and engagement about the UCPH project have occurred with key stakeholders, and ongoing consultation with consumer representatives and staff, including some who are members of the ANMF, about the development of the hospital.

Consultation on the development of a northside hospital facility commenced on 25 February 2011, when the then Minister for Health released the 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 for public consultation for a period of six weeks.

On 20 January 2012 a six-week community consultation period regarding the report on site selection for the new north Canberra subacute hospital commenced. The ANMF was among nine respondents, and were supportive of the University of Canberra site.

On 4 June last year the Minister for Health released the service delivery plan for UCPH for a six-week community consultation. Feedback was received through 19 formal submissions.

Prior to the release of the service delivery plan, letters were sent to key stakeholders, including consumer groups, non-government organisations, and professional and industrial organisations. This included the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Letters informed stakeholders of the consultation, with an invitation to email or mail comments about the service delivery plan.

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