Page 2882 - Week 09 - Thursday, 13 August 2015

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This model provides the flexibility for the registered nurses to attend offsite meetings as necessary, for example, care planning meetings with parents and professional development opportunities in order to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The nursing allocation for each school in the revised HAAS model will be determined by the healthcare profile of students enrolled at the school while incorporating the broader health needs of the schools’ communities.

As the student profile alters based on enrolments, graduations and changing health status a formal assessment will be undertaken each term and the nurse allocation will be altered accordingly. At present there are 24 students on the HAAS pilot enrolled in nine ACT public schools: 14 at Black Mountain; three at Woden specialist school and seven students attending mainstream schools. There are approximately eight children across Malkara and Cranleigh schools with chronic and complex care needs, but these have not yet been transitioned into the HAAS model.

Based on the current student health profile, it is envisaged that the level 2 registered nurse allocation across ACT public schools would be: one based at Black Mountain School, one based at Malkara, one based at Cranleigh and one with responsibility for Woden. The nurses based at the specialist schools will be able to support children in the HAAS program in mainstream schools in the surrounding suburbs. In addition, the revised HAAS model recommends that each specialist school strengthens first-aid capacity from the current two designated first-aid officers to four to respond to first-aid incidents and maintaining LSAs delivering healthcare task to students with complex healthcare needs after being trained and deemed competent by the level 2 registered nurses, all of whom will have a certificate IV in training and assessment.

The revised HAAS model has in-principle agreement from all the parties represented at the industrial consultative committee, subject to resolution of the questions raised by the AEU relating to competency requirements for LSAs. The AEU believes LSAs require training from a recognised training program in order to support the revised HAAS model in schools. An independent review has been offered by EDT to recommend the competency requirements for the LSAs involved in the HAAS model. It is expected this will be concluded by November.

A commitment has been made to the four specialist school communities that ACT Health will provide feedback in term 3 on the findings from the review and the proposed model for health care in the specialist schools. As minister, I am committed to presenting the proposed model to the Assembly when it is finalised. The revised HAAS model is planned to be in place for the 2016 school year.


Ms Burch presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Board of Senior Secondary Studies Act—Board of Senior Secondary Studies

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