SALHN Mental Health (MH) – Proposed Co-director Operations – Response from SALHN MH and Further PSA Concerns

08 September 2017

In February this year SALHN MH wrote to the Public Service Association (PSA) seeking feedback regarding a proposed multi-classified role of Co-Director, Operations, SALHN MH.

The PSA received feedback from numerous members which was forwarded to SALHN MH accordingly.

Professor Malcolm Battersby, Clinical Direcor of SALHN MH, has now written back to the PSA on 4 September 2017 advising that it has been determined that the position will be classified only as a nursing position. No rationale was provided. A copy of the letter can be found here.

The PSA responded to SALHN MH advising of serious concerns that genuine and good faith consultation has not occurred in this process, as is required under the South Australian Public Sector Wages Parity Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2014.

The PSA noted the following:

1. The proposal contained in the original letter dated 15 February 2017 was for the Co-Director, Operations, to be a multi-classified role, but the response provides a totally different outcome, restricting this role to instead be available to the nursing discipline only. SALHN MH have provided no rationale for this change which is significantly different to the proposal put forward.

2. No response has been received to any of the PSA’s feedback.

3. Professor Battersby had emailed the PSA on 23 March 2017 advising that "The feedback you have provided is being considered and there will be further consultation about this proposal as part of the consultative process. A response to your feedback will be provided in due course and there will be further discussion and consultation with your organisation as part of this process." No response has been provided, nor has any further consultation with the PSA occurred.

The PSA has now sought that implementation does not proceed, given that as per above, the PSA asserts that SALHN MH have not engaged in genuine and good faith consultation. The PSA has requested SALHN MH’s urgent confirmation of this by close of business 7 September 2017. The PSA advised that if this is not confirmed, the PSA would escalate this matter accordingly.

The PSA also requested a written response that addresses each of the PSA's points of feedback; states the rationale behind this significant change to the proposal put forward in February; and how further consultation will occur as per the email to the PSA on 23 March 2017. The PSA requested this response by close of business Wednesday 13 September 2017.

The PSA will keep members informed once the requested responses have been received.