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Question On Notice No. 2666 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the provision of public speech pathology services to children, and I ask:
(a) for each geographical region and for each health service provider in the Perth metropolitan area, what were the mean speech pathology wait times in:
(i) 2016;
(ii) 2017;
(iii) 2018; and
(iv) 2019;
(b) how many speech pathologists were employed in each geographical region and for each health service provider in the Perth metropolitan area (please provide both head count and FTE) in:
(i) 2016;
(ii) 2017;
(iii) 2018; and
(iv) 2019; and
(c) how many of the positions in (b)(iv) are currently vacant?

Answered on 4 December 2019

I am advised:

(a)

 

(i) 2016

(ii) 2017

(iii) 2018

(iv) 2019

Community Health South metro (Sou)

4.7 months

4.2 months

4.1 months

6 months

Community Health Central metro (Cen)

4.9 months

4.0 months

3.4 months

3.2 months

Community Health North metro (Nor)

5.5 months

3.3 months

3.6 months

4.1 months

Perth Children’s Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (Hosp.)

·         Inpatient referrals are seen within two working days.

·         Outpatient referrals are triaged and seen within 30 days if urgent.

·         All accepted referrals are seen within 90 days unless they are second opinion referrals already in the care of community service providers. Second opinion referrals are seen within 365 days.

·         These standards have remained consistent across this time period.

JHC

·         Inpatient referrals are seen within 24 hours of referral and this has remained consistent over the period of 2016-19

Peel Health Campus (PHC)

·         An onsite speech pathologist provides services to all inpatients including paediatric patients.

·         Inpatient referrals are seen within 24 hours of referral except for a weekend where there is no speech pathology service. Inpatients admitted over a weekend requiring speech pathology input will be prioritised and seen on a Monday. This has remained consistent over the period 2016-19.

(b) (i)

 

2016

 

Nor

Cen

Sou

Hosp.

PHC

 

FTE

23.4

16.7

32.2

13.2

0.6

 
 

HC

28

26

41

21

2

 

 

(ii)

 

2017

 

Nor

Cen

Sou

Hosp.

PHC

 

FTE

23.4

16.6

32.3

12.2

1

 
 

HC

30

23

45

18

3

 

 

(iii)

 

2018

 

Nor

Cen

Sou

Hosp.

PHC

 

FTE

23.9

16.1

32.3

12.2

1

 
 

HC

36

23

39

18

4

 

 

(iv)

 

2019

 

Nor

Cen

Sou

Hosp.

PHC

 

FTE

25.4

16.2

33.2

12.8

1

 
 

HC

34

25

43

18

3

 

 

 

(c)

North

Central

South

Perth Children’s Hospital

PHC

0.7

FTE

0

0

0

0