The WA Department of Health’s Patient Safety Surveillance Unit has just released From Death We Learn 2018. This annual publication seeks to promote education and improve awareness across the WA health system by highlighting key lessons learned from deaths resulting in coronial inquests. The 2019 edition outlines the health related coronial inquests that were reported in the 2018 calendar year. Many of these cases relate to mental health, and it is valuable for clinicians to consider these.
As per previous editions, From
Death We Learn 2018 includes key messages and discussion points to
encourage healthcare providers and organisations to reflect upon these in
relation to their clinical practice and/or practice site. Where coronial
recommendations have been made, these are outlined in the report along with a
summary of the actions taken by the WA health system in response to these
The report is accessible online, along with previous editions, on the Safety and Quality website.
The Chief Psychiatrist is committed to reducing the rate of restrictive practices, seclusion and restraint, in Western Australia (WA). Nationally, WA has been a leader in reducing the rates of restrictive practices. In order to promote transparency in the use of restrictive practices in WA, the Chief Psychiatrist has committed to publishing the rates of seclusion and restraint bi-annually for each authorised mental health service.
The rates of seclusion and restraint for the 2018-2019 financial year can be found here: WA Seclusion and Restraint Data 2018-2019
The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has been developing guidelines for the sexual safety of consumers of mental health services, and our reference group has produced a draft for wider consultation.
The purpose of the Chief Psychiatrist’s guidelines on the sexual safety of mental health consumers in Western Australia is to provide practical strategies and advice on how mental health services can establish a service culture and environment that actively promotes sexual safety and responds appropriately to incidents that compromise this safety.
In order to ensure that the consultation is as comprehensive as possible we would like to invite you to provide input on the document.
Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines for the Sexual Safety of Consumers of Mental Health Services in Western Australia
Feedback is due by Friday 20 March 2020 and can be provided via the feedback form below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
FEEDBACK FORM – Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines for the Sexual Safety of Consumers of Mental Health Services in Western Australia (MS Word document download)
All feedback will be respectfully considered and where appropriate changes will be made. Due to the logistics of producing such a large document some feedback may have to be considered for the next version.
It is anticipated that this document will be beneficial and valuable to consumers and carers in mental health services and also to the providers of the mental health service.
If reading the document raises any issues for you or causes distress the following numbers may be of assistance:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyondblue 1300 224 636
- SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Centre) 08 6458 1828