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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Survey on experience in the emergency departments at SEast Hospital (Bega) or Goulburn

The University of Melbourne is looking for women aged 18 years and above to take part in a survey about their experience in the emergency departments at South East Regional Hospital (Bega) or Goulburn Base Hospital.

They are looking for anecdotes from women in the South East since the 17th November 2020 saying they are looking to use the feed back to better respond to needs. The Beagle attempted to contact the number given in the graphic below but found that number could not be connected. A email was then sent to the contact person asking: "Can you please advise why you have excluded responses from those with anecdotes of their experiences at Moruya and Batemans Bay EDs?" The response was "I am on currently on leave, returning to work on 28th June 2022 and will not be checking my email during this time." It appears that who ever is conducting the survey and using the data to tick boxes somewhere. The project team behind the survey is led by Professor Kelsey Hegarty, from Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne and is funded by the New South Wales Ministry of Health. The overview offered of the survey is: This project is about healthy family relationships. Participating in this survey will help us to understand how we can best care for women’s emotional health and well-being, when they attend emergency departments at a hospital. This survey asks about your emotional health and how issues such as relationships and domestic violence may affect you. Even if you have not experienced health issues related to your relationships, your answers are still important to us. Hearing from a wide range of women will help us build a more complete picture about women’s experiences and of the ways in which women can be cared for in the hospital emergency department. The Overview above isn't what the survey is actually about. The survey seeks to establish what sort of relationship you have, if you have kids, the nature of the relationship in terms of potential and real domestic abuse and whether anyone in the hospital, when you visited, attempted to ascertain if you were under any threat and had the opportunity to communicate this with hospital staff in confidence. It appears that behind the survey is a tick box that staff have complied with procedures. By leaving out Eurobodalla hospitals either our hospitals have already gained the Tick of Approval or fortunately none of the women aged over 18 attending hospital since November 2020 appeared to be under any relationship threat. The Beagle has requested that somebody from the Survey team contact them for explanation. In the meantime the survey closes on 28 February, 2022.

To participate in the survey, go to

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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