Proposed changes to unoccupied wards in STARS

Posted on June 1, 2021

Recently representatives from Health unions met with Metro North HHS Chief Executive Shaun Drummond and other MNHHS management representatives to discuss potential changes to the care across two currently unoccupied wards in STARS.

Management advised that they are reviewing changing the care model for 40 unoccupied and empty long-stay beds across two wards that have not yet opened in STARS. MNHHS are proposing to repurpose these wards for long-stay patients who cannot leave the hospital for a variety of reasons. These patients do not require medical intervention, but rather domiciliary and lifestyle care.

These patients are currently spread out across MNHHS, and management is proposing to co-locate these patients in STARS. Management will provide a business case in the coming weeks, and we will continue to engage members and provide feedback as necessary.

If you have any feedback, questions or comments on this proposal at this stage, please email your organiser Alex Griffin at

1800 177 244