The primary role of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist is to support clinicians as they deliver mental health services to the Western Australian community. Other functions include:
- Engagement with consumers, carers and key stakeholders
- Clinical facilitation, support and education
- Expert advice liaison, consultation and national representation
- Standards monitoring and compliance
- Authorisations and approvals.
To ensure the rights of people receiving mental health treatment and care, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist provides:
- Clinical leadership to ensure continuous improvement in the quality and safety of mental health service delivery
- Support best practice through the Chief Psychiatrist’s Standards and Guidelines
- Undertake clinical reviews, audits and investigations within the Chief Psychiatrist’s statutory framework
- Monitor restrictive practices, electroconvulsive therapy, and a range of reportable matters and notifiable events.