Mental Health Observation Unit (MHOU)

ANMF has attended consultation sessions with THS and staff regarding a Change Proposal outlining that Nursing staff working in the Department of Psychiatry (DoP) be required to relieve nursing staff working in the Mental Health Observation Unit (MHOU) for breaks. Members raised concerns about the capacity for staff on DoP to adhere to the proposal, as they are currently unable to take their own breaks at times due to decreased staff, acuity and skill mix.

The proposal would require a member of staff to be vacant from DoP for approximately one hour per shift, which may also detract from safe patient care. ANMF are submitting a response to the Change Proposal, and encourage members to contact the ANMF with their concerns.