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The purpose of the Authorised Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) role is to assess and refer a person suspected of having a mental illness for examination by a psychiatrist.

Chief Psychiatrist’s AMHP Program

The Mental Health Act 2014 requires the Chief Psychiatrist to designate as an AMHP any mental health practitioner who in the opinion of the Chief Psychiatrist has qualifications, training and experience appropriate to the role.

The AMHP Program has a number of objective components:

  • To provide a Training Program to mental health practitioners nominated to be Authorised under the Mental Health Act 2014
  • To provide ongoing education to Authorised Mental Health Practitioners
  • To provide a support and advisory service to Authorised Mental Health Practitioners in their clinical practice
  • A help desk responding to Authorised Mental Health Practitioner’s concerns and queries
  • To monitor and audit the activities of Authorised Mental Health Practitioners

This program is focused on ensuring people requiring referral for an examination by a psychiatrist receive a high quality assessment (timely, lawful and professional) by trained and professionally supported mental health practitioners.

This program has been in operation since 1998 and includes formal review of skills workshops and an on-call consultant to support and advise Authorised Mental Health Practitioners.

Queries about the Chief Psychiatrist’s AMHP Program can be directed to the OCP:

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