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Public Sector Updates – South

Royal Hobart Hospital

Post Anaesthetics Recovery Unit (PARU)

On Friday 21 May 2021, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (Tasmanian Branch) met with Tasmanian Health Service (THS) Management regarding the developing practice of PARU playing host to Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) over-flow patients.

All member feedback was taken on notice by Management with commitments to engage in staff feedback meetings in order to flesh out the topics of concern and ANMF understand that all staff have subsequently received email correspondence from THS regarding the most pertinent items on the list.

Additional work is understood to be currently underway to develop specific escalation/de-escalation protocols regarding the identification and management of suitable DCCM patients in the PARU setting.

ANMF anticipate conducting a member meeting on the unit within the coming weeks in order to provide members the opportunity to directly raise points of ongoing concern – date/time to be confirmed via a separate flyer.

Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM)

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (Tasmanian Branch) met with members on Friday 14 May regarding THS Management’s response to a Step One Grievance as well as ongoing workload and staffing concerns within the unit. These discussions were robust and resulted in the members present electing to escalate their concerns to a Step Two Grievance Specialist Panel. THS senior management have been advised of this and a date/time for the convening of an initial meeting is anticipated in the near future. Members will be advised via separate newsflash once this comes to fruition.

Inpatient Oncology (9A)

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (Tasmanian Branch) are happy to announce that a re-Benchmarking meeting for Inpatient Oncology Unit (9A) has been scheduled for Thursday 27 May 2021. It is anticipated that this meeting will serve to underpin the recommendations of the Step Two Grievance process initiated in 2020 and furthermore contemporise the staffing agreement which has remained unmodified since January 2019. Outcomes will be relayed directly to members via newsflash after the event.

Updates correct as at 27 May 2021.
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary

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