Mental Health Updates – Statewide
Adult Community Mental Health Service (ACMHS)
The ANMF, along with members from Hobart/Southern District, Glenorchy/ Northern District and Clarence/Eastern District attended information sessions regarding the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Project documents released for consultation around the Continuing Care Stream, Acute Care Steam, and Mental Health Helpline on Tuesday 10 November, Wednesday 11 November and Monday 16 November. Feedback is due to the Tasmanian Health Service management on Friday 4 December. An update was sent out to members on Wednesday 18 November via email. You can read this newsflash here.
A Step 2 Workload Grievance was raised following endorsement on 23 October by members to proceed to a Step 2 Grievance. The ANMF have been advised of a meeting for a Step 2 panel called to discuss the ANMF’s letter and attempt to resolve the matter. You can read the latest update here.
Mental Health Inpatient Unit (MHIU)
The ANMF met with members on Thursday 12 November, following an information session regarding the removal of CCTV in the High Dependency Unit bedrooms. The ANMF represented members in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) on Wednesday 18 November. This was in connection with a recent application and subsequent listing in the TIC in relation to ‘Consultation of Change’ around the removal of CCTV in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit – High Dependency Unit patient bedrooms. An email with updates was sent to members on 18 November detailing the outcomes. You can see the full details here.
Mistral Place/ Millbrook Rise/ Tolosa Street/ Roy Fagan Centre
The ANMF contacted Mental Health Services management about the progress of a matter regarding 12 hour shifts and meal break payment as per the Nurses and Midwives (Tasmanian State Service) Award. It is the view of ANMF that 12-hour nursing shift workers are entitled to paid meal breaks and a 12-hour shift penalty as is stated in the Award. Workers at Mistral Place/ Millbrook Rise/ Tolosa Street/ Roy Fagan Centre qualify for this payment. The ANMF were advised by Mental Health Services management via email on 9 November 2020 that Mental Health Services management are discussing ‘projected costings’ and looking at ‘potential ways forward’. A ‘options paper’ is being sent to senior staff to identify a preferred course of action. The ANMF will continue to seek regular updates on the progress of this work and will lead movement on this matter until it is resolved.
Updates correct as at 26 November 2020.
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary