|Hospital Beds and other Related Measures to our sector:
Moonah Youth Facility:
- $800K per annum to operate the Moonah Youth Response Centre
- Young people to have access to trauma informed multidisciplinary services.
MHCT has asked around what is planned for the mental health supports and trauma informed capacity of staff for this facility. We have been advised by the Minister for Human services that this is still in the planning stages, however, it is intended that a Community Service Organisation with this capacity will be providing these supports to the young people at the facility.
Hospital Beds and Patients First
- The Patients First initiative ‘Stage 2’ has been announced with additional $67.3 million over four years
- Foremost among the Government’s spending promises is 106 more hospital beds statewide — which includes 50 already announced but only partially delivered — plus 350 more staff to run them, all to be delivered within a year.
- Ten of those beds will be into the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Emergency Department.
- The Patients First initiative in ‘Stage One’ saw the continuation of the Psychiatric Emergency Nurses (PEN) in the ED at RHH
With the hospital wait times in emergency and access to care more generally set to still be a huge election issue, we would hope that these announcements began to ease the burden on hospitals and their staff. It is always the position of MHCT that the best place for assistance in recovery from mental illness is not in the acute units of hospitals but in the community.