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|Medication Management Policy|
follow the APAC guiding principles to improve health outcomes through the implementation of medication management processes that ensure:Timely, cost effective access to medicinesQuality, safety and efficacy standards, and Quality use of medicines.
|Medication Management Policy (PDF File 272k)|
|Mental Health - Building A Strong Foundation: A Framework For Promoting Mental Health And Wellbeing In The Act 2009-2014|
The purpose of this framework is to guide investment in the development and implementation of activities to promote mental heath and wellbeing in the ACT over the next five years.
| Building A Strong Foundation - Strategic Framework (PDF File 686k)|
Building A Strong Foundation - Fact Sheet (PDF File 108k)
|Mental Health - Fourth National Mental Health Plan 2009-14|
The plan identifies key actions to be led by health ministers, but takes a whole of government approach through involving sectors other than just health. The plan will provide a basis for governments to advance mental health activities within the various portfolio areas in a more integrated way, recognising that many sections can contribute to better outcomes for people living with mental illness.
|Fourth National Mental Health Plan 2009-14 (PDF File 899k)|
|Mental Health Services National Standards|
The National Standards for Mental Health Service are intended to inform consumers and carers about what to expect from mental health services, and embodies the principles contained in the Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. There are 11 Standards that address universal issues, organisational structure and delivery of care.
|Mental Health Services National Standards (PDF File 195k)|
|Mental Health Services Plan 2009 - 2014|
The Mental Health Services Plan articulates a clear vision for an integrated mental health sector in the ACT and for establishing a coordinated approach to achieving and maintaining mental health. The Plan outlines the initial steps for achieving a vision for the delivery of mental health services in 2020.
|Mental Health Services Plan 2009 -2014 (PDF File 1078k)|
|Modified Early Warning Scores Policy|
All staff are to apply the Modified Early Warning Scores (MEWS) system when taking patient observations. The purpose of this policy is to improve patient outcomes by detecting and acting upon early signs of deterioration in patients. This will be achieved in part through the implementation of the Modified Early Warning Scores (MEWS) system that identifies trends in patient observations; ensures that timely patient review and appropriate treatment occurs; and improves the documentation of patient observations.
|Modified Early Warning Scores Policy (PDF File 77k)|
|Multicultural Strategy 2006-2009|
The document presents the outcomes of broad consultation with the ACT community. The Strategy sets out the key principles for the whole-of-government approach to fostering, promoting and sustaining cultural diversity in the ACT. Ten key themes form the basis to the Strategy. All areas of ACT Health should be aware of this document and give consideration to the application of its relevant components to ACT Health services and workforce when undertaking policy and planning work.
|Multicultural Strategy 2006-2009 (PDF File 1589k)|
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - Care Of Patients|
To minimise discomfort, promote wellbeing and provide a safe environment for patients with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). The Health Directorate recognises the significant distress and impairment that is caused by MCS and is committed to providing an environment that reduces exposure to incitants (common triggers that produce clinical symptoms) and improving the health outcomes of people who require hospital based or non hospital based treatment.
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - Care Of Patients (PDF File 268k)|
|Nurse Practitioners In The Act – The Framework, 2nd Edition July 2008|
The introduction of the nurse practitioner role in the ACT was underpinned by a solid framework to support and integrate necessary policies, practices and documentation for the establishment of new positions. It provided information regarding nurse practitioner authorisation and ongoing support of practicing nurse practitioners. This revised, second edition, includes all the essential information for nurse practioners in the ACT in an ‘easy-to-use’ and ‘easy-to-access’ framework document. The second edition utilises up to date information, legislation and policies from within the ACT. It outlines processes required for nurse practitioner authorisation, for the establishment of new nurse practitioner positions and for the ongoing development of practicing nurse practitioners. The‘frequently asked questions’ section allows for rapid access to the information most often requested. It applies to nurse practitioners working in the public health sector, private sector or in individual practice.
|Nurse Practitioners In The Act – The Framework, 2nd Edition July 2008 (PDF File 553k)|
|Nursing And Midwifery Continuing Competence Policy|
This policy brings together a number of local policies and guidelines to support this requirement. It has been compiled with input from various agencies within the ACT including the Australian Nursing Federation (ACT Branch), ACT Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Canberra Hospital, Calvary Health Care (Public) and consumer groups. Implementation of an ACT Health policy framework for nursing and midwifery competence would reduce duplication within each division, therefore leading to clearer governance and direction for all clinicians and administrators in relation to professional competency requirements.
| Nursing And Midwifery Continuing Competence Policy (PDF File 179k)|
Nursing And Midwifery Continuing Competence Policy - Sop (PDF File 178k)
|Nursing And Midwifery Re-Entry Program Policy|
The ACT Government Health Directorate (the Health Directorate) provides nursing and midwifery re-entry programs for Registered Nurses and Midwives of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and region to return to nursing or midwifery practice after an absence from practice of up to ten years. These programs are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and are designed to facilitate the return to work of suitably qualified nurses and midwives into the workforce of the Health Directorate.
|Nursing And Midwifery Re-Entry Program Policy (PDF File 149k)|
This policy aims to provide direction for the development of organisational systems and processes to support staff, patients and families. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) support staff in implementing the policy
|Open Discloure Policy (Word Doc 73k)|