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The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009



The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 5

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2 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, June 9, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 9 -J U N -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K LOTTO DRAW 2909: SUPER 66: 20, 36, 31, 19, 43, 45 Supps: 35, 34 9, 1, 8, 3, 3, 3 INDEX OPINION TV GUIDE COMICS CENTRE SERVICES CLASSIES SPORT 6 13 18 20 22 25 1 7 5 0 0 2 /0 9 NEWS Conlan hits out at hospital security Dan Moss Matt Conlan SECURITY at the Alice Springs Hospital has come under fire from Opposition health spokesman Matt Conlan who says anyone can walk into the Special Care Nursery and Maternity Ward. But Dr David Ashbridge, NT Department of Health and Families CEO, said comprehensive security measures were in place and that security arrangements were nationally accredited and they would be upgraded by 2012. Mr Conlan said: Its alarming that David Ashbridge would suggest that in the wake of the rape of a fivemonth-old baby at Royal Darwin Hospital, that Alice Springs security is up to standard. He said: Despite ASH being a nationally accredited hospital, I think theyre leaving themselves wide open by not installing security cameras in the maternity ward. The hospital has 24 CCTV cameras. General manager Vicki Taylor said the Paediatrics Ward has a security entrance. A Centralian Advocate request to be shown the security features was turned down. Mr Ashbridge said: Our priority is to ensure the safety of patients and staff and releasing details of the security measures could compromise their safety. Security arrangements at ASH were nationally accredited, following site inspections by auditors working across the health care system. Mr Conlan said he had trawled through parliament transcripts but at no time had Health Minister Kon Vatskalis or his predecessor Dr Chris Burns mentioned security upgrades at Alice Springs Hospital. He said: What commitment can Mr Vatskalis give the parents of those children at the hospital, because right now theyre leaving themselves wide open for another attack. No money has been allocated in the 2009/10 Budget for security upgrades at Alice Springs Hospital. Upgrades were prompted at Royal Darwin Hospital after a report by the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner Carolyn Richards found just one camera installed in paediatrics to guard the kitchen. Ms Richards said numerous accreditations and security audits occurred before the babys rape and afterwards, but nothing had been done. Nurse Ronelle Hall is outnumbered by male counterparts back, from left: Austin Ncube, Geoff Kain, Dean Martin, Richard Rainbow, Paul Van Leur, Colin Asemota, Wellington Mhare and, front, from left: Dale Heers (Nurse educator) and Daniel Salter. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Record 400 nurses a tonic for all Cameron Boon THE Alice Springs Hospital has a record number of nurses. Director of nursing Paul Nieuwenhoven said the hospital now employed more than 400 nurses 55 of them men. Mr Nieuwenhoven said the abundance was a far cry from 2004 when there were 70 nurses. He said: We now have more nurses than ever. We have had a nine per cent growth in staff numbers since last year. Weve done lots of positive things to make sure we both attract nurses and get them to stay. There is a great level of professional support for all of our employees and we get many grad nurses and nurses who come from overseas. Mr Nieuwenhoven said it was a win-win situation, because more nurses meant less pressure, reducing the amount of burnouts and encouraging people to stay longer. The hospital has almost double the amount of male nurses than the national average. Nurse Dale Heers has been there six years and said he loves living in Alice Springs. He said: The hospital is a very supportive and challenging environment. Im originally from Brisbane and I was offered the job. I liked it so much, I decided to stay. In the past eight months the number of nurses has really increased, which has helped everyone quite a bit. Paul Van Leur, who moved to town with his family from Melbourne, said he came to Alice for the adventure of it and has enjoyed it so far. He said: There are so many people who help you. 39 Finke cases THERE were 39 people admitted to the Alice Springs Hospital emergency department with injuries during the Finke Desert Race. Hospital media liaison officer Cameron Jackson said there were no major injuries treated. Among those injured was a man who broke his leg in a buggy incident. Several other competitors also had fractures. One man had a dislocated shoulder and several people had bruises. School cleared of flu PARENTS of Ross Park Primary School students have been given the all-clear to take their children back to school after a confirmed case of human swine influenza struck last week. The school was forced to shut its gates last Thursday morning by the Centre for Disease Control after a teacher tested positive to the highly contagious virus. Principal Karen Blanchfield said she was given the green light to start notifying parents at 11am yesterday. She said: Were all very relieved. Quarantined staff have been cleared.

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