CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

Mr Melhem (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is to the Minister for Health, the Honourable Jenny Mikakos. Last month in this place I spoke in support of legislation to improve nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios. These adopted changes will see an extra 600 nurses and midwives employed in Victorian public hospitals. Nurses and midwives can now devote more time to each patient, resulting in safer care and better health outcomes. We will now begin work on more amendments to the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Act 2015, which will deliver an extra 500 nurses and midwives, taking the total to 1100. I am also pleased that more than 150 nurses and midwives will soon commence work at Sunshine Hospital. My question for the minister is: what impact will this legislation have on health services that operate across my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region?