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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1195 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 October 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

HOSPITALS — REGIONAL — MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATIONS

1195. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to mental health presentations at hospitals in regional Western Australia.

(1) Has the minister read the report published in the Medical Journal of Australia of 26 August regarding mental health transfer data from the Royal Flying Doctor Service?

(2) When will the government respond to this report?

(3) How many mental health patient transfers in the Mining and Pastoral Region in 2019 have so far involved the services of the RFDS, and can the minister please provide a breakdown of locations, departing and arriving.

(4) For the hospitals of Kalgoorlie, Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman, can the minister please identify —

(a) how many accident and emergency presentations at these hospitals related to mental health;

(b) of those presentations at each hospital, how many patients were initially triaged as level 1, 2 or 3; and

(c) the length of stay for those patients for that initial period?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) No; and not applicable. A copy of the report was not provided to the minister by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

(3) The WA Country Health Service is unable to provide the information in the time available. I will seek to make that available as soon as possible.

(4) (a)–(c) The data I have is from 1 January 2019 to 30 September 2019. It is in tabular form and I seek leave to have that incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The following material was incorporated —

(a)

Hospital

Hedland Health Campus

Karratha Health Campus

Broome Hospital

Kalgoorlie Hospital

Newman Hospital

Mental Health Emergency Presentations

722

463

990

868

166

(b)

Mental Health Emergency Presentations:

Hedland Health Campus

Karratha Health Campus

Broome Hospital

Kalgoorlie Hospital

Newman Hospital

Triage 1

4

3

4

9

1

Triage 2

80

91

69

137

31

Triage 3

340

212

388

447

71

Total Triage 1, 2 and 3 Presentations

424

306

461

593

103

(c)

Median Length of Episode in ED (minutes):

Hedland Health Campus

Karratha Health Campus

Broome Hospital

Kalgoorlie Hospital

Newman Hospital

Triage 1

281

357

286

233

222

Triage 2

187

217

201

191

158

Triage 3

124

146

159

164

119

Median for 1, 2,and 3

137

163

168

173

128

Note : Length of Episode in the Emergency Department (ED) is calculated as the number of minutes from a patient's ED presentation date/time to their ED discharge date/time.