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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2259 ..

(6) The payment request for the invoice for Asthma Australia was signed by the financial delegate on 2 November 2017. As per normal practice, the invoice was posted to Shared Services Finance the same day or shortly thereafter. Policy and Stakeholder Relations is unable to explain why the payment was not made as soon as it was received by Shared Services Finance.

(7) Service Purchase Payment is the account code description for a variety of service payment types including those payments for Service Funding Agreements.

(8) This is an administrative error, the payment descriptions should have been more specific such as Service Funding Agreement.

(9) (a) The Australian Commission on Safety and Health Care (Commission) was established to provide a national strategic framework and associated work program to facilitate safety and quality improvements across the health service. The payment is the ACT contribution to fund the Commission to develop and perform the work plan.

(b) The consumers benefit from the improvements made through the Commission’s work program.

Mental health—adult mental health unit staffing
(Question No 1268)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 13 April 2018:

(1) In relation to the answer, dated 4 March 2018, given to the question without notice taken on notice on 15 February 2018 about bed occupancy in the adult mental health unit, how many staff are currently engaged to service the 40 beds in the unit.

(2) Why are occupancy levels measured on 37 beds.

(3) Will additional staff be engaged in 2018-19, when occupancy levels are measured on 40 beds; if so, (a) how many and (b) at what cost; if not, (a) why not, (b) what staff management practices will change to ensure all patients are adequately serviced, (c) where will patients be accommodated when capacity exceeds 40 beds and (d) will mental health staff service them.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Adult Mental Health Unit’s (AMHU) staffing profile is based on 37 funded beds. The staffing profile is:

o 68 FTE nursing staff, which includes Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC), Registered Nurses (RN), Enrolled Nurses (EN), Assistants in Nursing (AIN) and Clinical Nurse Educators (CNE and CDN);

o 11 FTE Medical staff which includes Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychiatry Registrars; and

o 12 FTE Allied Health staff which includes Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and an Arts Therapist.

(2) Occupancy levels are measured on the number of funded beds, which is currently 37. Casual, agency and relief staff are employed when additional beds need to be utilised.

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