COVID-19 FAQs for mental health services – Version 3

In February 2022, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist developed a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document to assist mental health services to appropriately discharge their duty of care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs are intended to assist with clinical translation of the various COVID-19 related statutory requirements and local policies relevant to mental health care.

The document has been updated in light of the implementation of the Blue alert level of the WA Health COVID-19 Framework for System Alert and Response (SAR).

OCP COVID-19 FAQs for mental health services
(Version 3, published 24/08/22)

The FAQs and other directives, guides and information are available online at the Chief Psychiatrist’s COVID-19 Information Hub.

New resources to support Western Australians in advanced care planning

A suite of resources to help Western Australians have more say about their health and personal care have been launched by the Minister for Health, Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson (read the Minister’s full Media Statement here).

Spearheaded by a new user-friendly Advance Health Directive (AHD), the resources include advance care planning guides for consumers and health professionals, online content and a guide to support people to complete their AHD. There are also several advance care planning documents that enable Western Australians to record and share their preferences and decisions. These include an Advance Health Directive, a Values and Preferences Form and Enduring Powers of Guardianship.

The new Advance Health Directive and supporting resources can be accessed on the Department of Health website.

The Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard –  Consumer and Carer Involvement in Individual Care, should be central in decision making.  The Chief Psychiatrist encourages all mental health clinicians to be aware of the new resources and the role of Advanced Health Directives in mental health settings.