Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2018: Bill Brief

Bella Lesman, Marianne Aroozoo & Alice Petrie
In 2015, the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria was the first jurisdiction in Australia and the second in the world (following California in 1999), to legislate nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios, thus enshrining in law minimum staffing levels. The ratios applied in Victoria were those set out in the existing nurses and midwives’ Victorian Public Sector Enterprise Agreement, and applied to certain wards and services in hospitals covered by the Enterprise Agreement.Following the introduction of the...
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