The Department of Health has released version two of the Guideline: Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19.
The guideline now includes the latest policy advice on the use of airborne precautions (Section 6.1 of the Guideline), for patients who are confirmed, probable or suspected cases of COVID-19, and on the use of PPE (including fit-checking) in a mental health setting.
Guideline: Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19 (version 2 published 31/08/2020)
Further details can be found on the Chief Psychiatrist’s Activities and COVID-19 Response page.
Homicides by individuals with serious mental illness are rare. In 2018, Western Australia experienced a spike of nine homicides allegedly associated with individuals who were patients of, or had recent contact with public sector mental health services. The Chief Psychiatrist undertook a Review to consider this issue. This Review found a mental health system under significant pressure, and identified similar associated factors to those that lead to a range of poor outcomes in mental health. It was noted that these factors had been identified by several historical reviews. Three recommendations have been made, aimed at system improvement.
The Chief Psychiatrist has commenced monitoring of the treatment and care provided to residents of private psychiatric hostels within Western Australia. A new page has been added to the Chief Psychiatrist’s website, where you can view information about the monitoring process.
Chief Psychiatrist’s Clinical Monitoring of Private Psychiatric Hostels
The first pilot review of a private psychiatric hostel will commence at the end of September 2020.
The Chief Psychiatrist’s Private Psychiatric Hostel Dashboard has also been reviewed and a new process has been implemented. The dashboard will now be published annually as part of the oversight process for private psychiatric hostels. You can view the updated dashboard via the new page.