Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) | Sustainment Project | Early Works Decanting | Member Feedback Sought

15 March 2019

The Public Service Association (PSA) is your industrial representative on the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Sustainment Industrial Liaison Forum. Through this group and formal correspondence, WCHN has invited the PSA to provide feedback on the WCH Sustainment Project – Early Works Decanting (here).

While planning for the building of the new WCH (nWCH) continues, WCHN is continuing the planning of the works associated with sustaining the existing site. Early works decanting key considerations:

  •    Relocations that form part of the Early Works Decanting Strategy are one-off relocations and the areas impacted will only be relocated once. Staff will not have to relocate multiple times;
  •    The majority of areas relocated do not provide direct patient care, except for the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program (AFBP), which will obtain a brand new facilities to improve patient care.
  •    Areas have been relocated as entire units and not split amongst multiple locations in order to keep teams together.
  •    Where feasible, groups have been co-located with similar services that have exisiting synergies and working relationships.

At the ILF the PSA was advised discussions have been held with staff in affected areas about the decanting and it was agreed that WCHN would commence a further period of consultation until 21 March 2019. (Included was further details on the proposed decanting that was due to commence in March).

The PSA is seeking feedback from members about the above matters by email from members to include in the PSA's response to the employer. Please forward any comments to PSA by email by close of business on 20 March 2019, to allow them to be included in a collated and non-identifying manner in the PSA's response.

As a further update, the PSA is still advocating strongly the need for non-clinical representation (such as Senior Administrative Officers/Managers) in high level discussions, as well as a clinical focus; and that once more detailed planning commences, all levels and disciplines of salaried staff must be involved.