Safer staffing levels for nurses in Canberra

Released 14/09/2018

The ACT Government has today signed new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) to develop a ratios framework that will support a strong and sustainable nursing workforce into the future.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris said the new MOU demonstrated the ACT Government’s commitment to exploring nurse and midwife to patient ratios in our public hospitals so that we can continue to deliver safe staffing levels and quality care to patients.

“The ACT Government is absolutely committed to providing the best health care possible to our community,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“To do this, we need to ensure we are looking after the people working within our hospitals and health services, as well as our patients.

Through the MOU ACT Health will review and evaluate existing nursing hours per patient day and assess workload models, including ratio models, from other jurisdictions.

“Ratios are one of a number of mechanisms that factor in the acuity and workload of specific clinical areas to ensure appropriate staffing levels, with patient safety and quality of care at the core of this work.

“To progress this work as a priority, a technical review group between ACT Health and the ANMF is planned to be established as part of the MOU.

“This group will be jointly chaired and focus on determining an appropriate methodology and process to ensure safe patient care is maintained.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the ACT Branch of the ANMF and updating the community as this work progresses, as well as broader work on nurse safety,” Minister Fitzharris said.

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