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Question On Notice No. 506 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2017 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Corrective Services
Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question


I refer to the Department of Corrective Services Annual Report 2016-17, and to the drop in medical practitioner FTE from 16.2 in 2015-16 to 13.2 in 2016-17, and I ask:

(a) for each medical practitioner FTE currently employed by the department:
(i) at which departmental facility is the position based; and
(ii) what is the position title;
(b) for each medical practitioner FTE employed by the department in 2015-16:
(i) at which departmental facility was the position based; and
(ii) what was the position title; and
(c) for any medical practitioner positions which are currently vacant:
(i) at which departmental facility is the position based;
(ii) what is the position title;
(iii) is a recruitment process underway to fill the position; and
(iv) if no to (iii), why not?
Answered on 15 March 2018

The Department of Justice advises:

(a)

2016-17
(i)(ii)EmployeesFTE
Albany Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer10.8
Bandyup Women’s PrisonPrison Medical Officer21.7
Casuarina PrisonPrison Medical Officer33.0
CoMorbidity ProgramPrison Medical Officer10.8
(Officer based at Hakea Prison, covered all metropolitan sites)
Hakea PrisonPrison Medical Officer76.1
West Kimberley Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer10.8
TOTAL 1513.2

(b)

2015-16
(i)(ii)EmployeesFTE
Albany Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer10.8
Bandyup Women’s PrisonPrincipal Prison Medical Officer11.0
Prison Medical Officer32.7
Casuarina PrisonPrison Medical Officer43.8
CoMorbidity ProgramPrison Medical Officer42.6
(One officer based at Hakea Prison and three officers rotated services through metropolitan sites)
Hakea PrisonPrincipal Prison Medical Officer11.0
Prison Medical Officer32.5
West Kimberley Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer10.8
Health Services ExecutiveDeputy Director (medical practitioner)11.0
TOTAL 1916.2

(c)

Current Vacant Positions
(i)(ii)
Bandyup Women’s PrisonPrison Medical Officer1
Casuarina PrisonPrison Medical Officer2
Eastern Goldfields Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer1
Hakea PrisonPrison Medical Officer1
Roebourne Regional PrisonPrison Medical Officer1
TOTAL 6

(iii) A recruitment process for doctors commenced in November 2017 and is currently being finalised. The process attracted some regional applicants but the majority of applicants indicated they were interested in working at metropolitan sites. A further recruitment process has commenced with a more targeted advertising strategy aimed at improving opportunities for medical practitioners to apply for the positions.

For the regional locations, approval is being sought to undertake a procurement process to provide medical coverage.

(iv) N/A