John Hunter Hospital- Amended Notification of Workplace Change

HNELHD has advised of amendments to the proposed changes to the Bedmaker/Afternoon Shift Cleaner model in Patient Support Services at John Hunter Hospital


Stage 1 of the proposal is estimated to commence within 4 weeks and will involve the following changes.


  • Bedmaker staff change in title to “Clean Team” agreed via a survey conducted among the staff. (Afternoon shift cleaning staff will become part of the Clean Team in Stage 2)
  • Bedmaker staff will be allocated a data-enabled mobile phone where they will be responsible for scheduled duties and infectious/discharge cleans and bedmaking as required.
  • Task allocation will be received via WASP on data-enabled mobile phones where Clean Team staff member (previously Bedmaker) will self-allocate tasks in their assigned blocks.
  • Continued visibility of hospital activity via infectious/discharge cleaning data.
  • Shift length to be 8.5 hours in duration rather than 8 hours to incorporate 30-minute unpaid break as per relevant Award conditions.


You can view the correspondence at the below links:


What do you think?


It’s important for union members to lead this discussion. How will this affect you? Please send your feedback on this proposal to [E-Mail not displayed] by Tuesday 12/09/2023, using the subject line JHH Patient Support Services Changes to the Bedmaker-Afternoon Shift Cleaner Model UPDATE


The Union also encourages you to speak to your local HSU Delegate as well.


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Everyone affected by these changes needs to be a union member. Members deserve to have control over their working lives. Tell your colleagues now is the time to join.


New members can join at or call 1300 478 679.