Page 2403 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 August 2016

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

The AMHU has a purpose built 10 bed High Dependency Unit (HDU). This is a highly robust, custom designed and built area and low stimulus area within the AMHU. The majority of people admitted to the HDU are receiving involuntary care and require intensive treatment due to their acute mental health symptoms, their high clinical risk or significant behavioural disturbance.

The HDU requires a high number and seniority level of staff (both medical and nursing) to allow for the high intensity care required. Additionally, the Low Dependency Unit has a high level of staffing in comparison with the staffing needs of a lower acuity unit such as Ward 2N.

Additional costs are associated with the intensive therapeutic group program provided within the AMHU. The majority of AMHU inpatients have restricted leave due to the acute nature of their illness or due to legislative obligations. This intensive program is reliant on an extensive allied health team to ensure access to therapeutic and psychosocial rehabilitation activities essential for individual recovery. As Ward 2N is considered an “open ward” the majority of admitted people are free to access leave from the unit supporting their attendance in activities and private psychological sessions.

(4) The AMHU is a purpose built, locked facility offering high dependency and low dependency clinical environments. Prior to March 2016, Ward 2N has transferred the care of people presenting to the hospital requiring treatment under the emergency detention provisions of the Mental Health legislation to the AMHU. Under the new Mental Health Act 2015, Ward 2N is now gazetted and able to provide treatment and care for this patient group. The physical design of the unit however does not support high dependency care; therefore people requiring intensive clinical intervention or containment under the Mental Health legislation continue to be transferred to and treated within the AMHU.

Sport—Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre
(Question No 759)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Transport and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 7 June 2016 (redirected to the Minister for Sports and Recreation):

What was the cost for the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC), Belconnen of the (a) land, (b) construction, (c) equipment required to build the Centre and (d) ongoing maintenance costs for each year over the past five years.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

CISAC is a privately owned and operated facility. Under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement, the ACT Government provided Sports Centres Australia with a $10 million (GST exclusive) grant towards the construction of the facility in 2002. The grant was provided on the condition that it was expended on the construction of the core aquatic facilities (being a 50 metre pool; spectator seating; timing equipment and PA system; and 25 metre program pool), which are to be provided on the site for at least 30 years – commencing from the date of practical completion on 18 January 2005.

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video