NALHN recommits to tea breaks for emergency department staff 

27 February 2019

The ANMF (SA Branch) wrote to Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) in response to an instruction distributed to emergency department staff at the Lyell McEwin and Modbury hospitals. The Local Work Instruction (LWI) notified staff of changes to scheduled lunch-break times.

After raising our concerns at the lack of consultation over the changes and the implications to paid tea-breaks, we received written feedback confirming NALHN’s commitment to:

  • continuing to allow staff to take a short, paid tea-break, when department activity allows; and
  • ensuring staff wellbeing and compliance regarding staff rostering.

A copy of NALHN’s response can be read here.