Safe Patient Care Act 2015

Omeo District Health provides Acute and Aged Care Residential services via a nominated mixed ward consisting of our four Acute beds, ten high level Residential Aged Care beds and four low level Residential Aged Care beds. Currently all our Aged Care beds are occupied and our average Acute bed occupancy last financial year was 28%. It is anticipated that during the next 6 months we will see the potential to increase our average acute occupancy to 50%, whilst we anticipate our Aged Care occupancy to be maintained.  The ratios as set out for Level 4 hospitals are AM shifts 1:6, PM Shifts 1:7 and Night Duty 1:14. High Level Aged Care ratios are AM shifts 1:7, PM Shifts 1:8 and Night Duty 1:15. As outlined in the “Amendments to the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Rations) Act 2015 – Frequently asked questions”, https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/health-workforce/nursing-and-midwifery/safe-patient-care-act , “public low care residential aged care services” “..won’t be covered by the amended legislation…” For the purposes of meeting the legislated requirements of the “Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2019 ratios of 1:6.25 will be applied for both AM and PM shifts whilst a ratio of 1:12.5 will be applied for Night Duty in addition to a nurse in charge staff of all shifts.