Medical Assessment and Planning Unit

The Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) is a 16 bed short stay unit for patients with complex and/or 'undifferentiated' medical problems needing assessment before referral and transfer to the appropriate Canberra Hospital inpatient unit or discharge home.

What is MAPU?

The primary role of the MAPU is to provide an assessment and planning unit for complex, acute medical patients presenting to Canberra Hospital. It is a designated hospital ward (ward 7B) specifically staffed and designed to receive medical inpatients for assessment, care and treatment for a period of less than 72 hours.

Assessment will involve multidisciplinary review by medical, nursing, and allied health staff. Diagnostic services including pathology and imaging will be prioritised for MAPU patients to minimise the length of time prior to discharge or transfer to inpatient wards.

Initial management of medical problems will take place within the unit including acute medical treatment and / or other allied health intervention. A Social Worker will be available to help expedite discharge where appropriate.

Admission criteria

MAPU will accept medical patients who:

Do not have a clear diagnosis


Have more than one diagnosis but the primary diagnosis is not clear


Will benefit from a short period of intense investigation and management prior to transfer to an inpatient ward or discharge home.

Patients requiring cardiac monitoring, non-invasive ventilation, management of stroke / TIA or with primary surgical presentations are not suitable for MAPU admission.

Who can refer patients to MAPU?

Referrals to MAPU can be accepted from:

  • Emergency physicians and registrars
  • Community referrals – Primary care health professionals (GPs, nurse practitioners)
  • Regional hospitals
  • Canberra Hospital Mental Health Services

MAPU team

  • Dr Ashwin Swaminathan (Director and Consultant Physician)
  • Lyn O’Connell (Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant)
  • Dr Mary Ann Kulh, Dr Jonathan Bromley, Dr John Nicholls, Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, Dr Bill Burke (Consultant Physicians)
  • Nursing Staff
  • Medical Registrars and Resident Medical Officers
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Dietician
  • Speech therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Discharge Liaison Officer

Contact us

Our location: Ward 7B, Level 7, Building 1, Canberra Hospital
Yamba Drive, Garran ACT 2605
Postal Address: PO Box 11, Woden ACT 2606
General enquiries: Oonagh Rutledge on +61 (0)2 6244 2278

Employment opportunities

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