Chief Psychiatrist’s Mental Health Community of Practice – Mental Health Act 2014 Q&A and Wungen Kartup

The next 2 Community of Practice sessions are coming up next week on Thursday 26 May for a Mental Health Act 2014 Q&A followed by Monday 30 May with Wungen Kartup sharing an overview of their service and their cultural approach.

The purpose of the sessions is to share learning, ideas and practice-based evidence in adapting to changing demands in a rising COVID-19 environment. Responding through collaboration and sharing-up-to date state, national and local guidelines and strategies will support sustaining high quality mental health care through community transmission.

The details for the sessions are:

Session 3:  Mental Health Act 2014 Q&A

Kay Pak at the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist answers your questions on the MHA 2014.

Thursday 26 May, 3:00 – 3:30pm

 

Session 4:  Wungen Kartup – Overview, Accessing us and our Cultural Approach

Mark Booth at Wungen Kartup tells us about their service and takes your questions.

Monday 30 May, 3:00 – 3:30pm

The format will be an informal 30 minute online sharing and discussion session.  A summary will be made available on the Chief Psychiatrist’s website following the session.  For more information, please see our Community of Practice page.

The session will be held on MS Teams. If you would like to attend, please email clinicalreviews@ocp.wa.gov.au, and a meeting invite will be forwarded to you.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Mental Health Community of Practice – Coping with staff shortages in community MHS

The next Community of Practice session is coming up on Thursday 21 April, with the topic Coping with staff shortages in community mental health services. This session is for clinicians working in mental health services, to attend, please RSVP to clinicalreviews@ocp.wa.gov.au.

The purpose of the session is to share learning, ideas and practice-based evidence in adapting to changing demands in a rising COVID-19 environment. Responding through collaboration and sharing-up-to date state, national and local guidelines and strategies will support sustaining high quality mental health care through community transmission.

The details for the second session are:

Coping with staff shortages in community mental health services
Armadale Community Mental Health Service will be sharing what has been working for them
Thursday 21 April 1:00 – 1:30

The format will be an informal 30 minute online sharing and discussion session.  A summary will be made available on the Chief Psychiatrist’s website following the session.  For more information, please see our Community of Practice page.

The session will be held on MS Teams. If you would like to attend, please email clinicalreviews@ocp.wa.gov.au, and a meeting invite will be forwarded to you.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Mental Health Community of Practice – Inpatient Care in COVID-19

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist is starting new online forums to support best practice and problem-solving between mental health services in a rising COVID-19 environment.

The sessions are open to all staff from clinical mental health services and will provide an opportunity to collaborate, learn and support each other through challenges working in COVID-19 community transmission. A similar model has been successful in New South Wales.

The purpose of the sessions is to share learning, ideas and practice-based evidence in adapting to changing demands in a rising COVID-19 environment. Responding through collaboration and sharing-up-to date state, national and local guidelines and strategies will support sustaining high quality mental health care through community transmission.

The first session will be next week:

Inpatient Care in COVID-19
Mimidi Park will be sharing their experience so far
Wednesday 23 March 11:00 – 11:30

The format will be an informal 30 minute online sharing and discussion session.  A summary will be made available on the Chief Psychiatrist’s website (Community of Practice) following the session.

The session will be held on MS Teams. If you would like to attend, please email clinicalreviews@ocp.wa.gov.au, and a link to attend will be forwarded to you.

COVID-19 FAQs for mental health services

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has 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.

OCP COVID-19 FAQs for mental health services
(Version 2, published 14/03/22)

Also please note that the Mental Health Infection Control Guidelines have been updated to version 4 (effective 04/03/22) and are now available.

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

Chief Psychiatrist’s Good Practice Guide: Providing mental health care when there is community transmission of COVID-19

The Chief Psychiatrist has published this guide in March 2022 to support clinicians to continue providing high standards of care during COVID-19 community transmission.

Its aim is to support consumers and carers to stay safe, plan for isolation, get tested and to plan for and communicate their mental health and support needs to treating teams.

This  guide is not mandatory under the Mental Health Act 2014 and is not part of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines.  It is intended to complement existing policy, and to assist clinicians and consumers in care planning and to access state and national information about how to manage in COVID-19.

Communication between carers, consumers and mental health teams is key to supporting high standards of timely, person-centred medical and mental health care.  This may be a stressful time for consumers, their families and supports, and increased mental health support and assistance with navigating the COVID-19 testing and treatment may be required.

This initial Guide has been updated following feedback from staff, and the most recent version can be found here:

Chief Psychiatrist’s Good Practice Guide: Providing mental health care when there is community transmission of COVID-19 

Feedback from staff is welcomed to: reception@ocp.wa.gov.au and will be used to further adapt the Guide.

Chief Psychiatrist’s COVID-19 Information Hub (updated 01/06/22)

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As Chief Psychiatrist, I remain acutely aware of the incredible work being done across mental health services to provide safe services for consumers during the COVID pandemic.

Services have all developed their COVID-safe plans, but the experience in other jurisdictions highlights the pressure on healthcare systems that emerges when COVID-19 proliferates in the community.

The Chief Psychiatrist thanks all staff – clinical, non-clinical and service leaders, who will be called upon to extend themselves as COVID-19 inevitably places increasing pressure on our mental health services over the coming months.

The staff of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist are committed to advising and supporting clinicians and services throughout this time.


Office of the Chief Psychiatrist Activities and COVID-19 Response

OCP activities during COVID-19

OCP COVID-19 FAQs for mental health services (Version 2, published 14/03/22)

Chief Psychiatrist’s Good Practice Guide: Providing mental health care when there is community transmission of COVID-19 (updated 01/06/22)

Chief Psychiatrist’s Mental Health Community of Practice – Inpatient Care in COVID-19 (information session 23/03/22)

Chief Psychiatrist’s Audio-Visual Communication Guideline

Authorisation of mental health units under the Mental Health Act 2014 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Approved Electroconvulsive (ECT) Therapy Services and ECT Service Approval during the COVID-19 pandemic


COVID-19 Mental Health Directives and Guides

COVID-19 Mental Health Infection Control Directions

The following Directive issued under the Public Health Act 2016 remains in force, and specifically deals with mental health infection control when Authorised Mental Health Practitioners (AMHPs), medical practitioners and psychiatrists are conducting mental health assessments under section 48 or mental health examinations under section 79 of the Mental Health Act 2014:

Mental Health Infection Control Directions (No. 4) (published 04/03/22)


Clozapine monitoring during COVID-19

The Western Australian Therapeutic Advisory Group and Western Australian Psychotropic Drugs Committee have provided the following advice on Clozapine Monitoring during COVID-19, available at this link:

WATAG and PDC – Advice on Clozapine monitoring during COVID-19 (PDF) (WA Health)


Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19

This guideline addresses the safe care and management of consumers presenting with psychological distress and acute behavioural disturbance who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and asymptomatic people who fulfil the criteria for mandatory self-isolation.

Guideline: Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19 (version 3.1 published 02/05/22, WA Department of Health)


Telehealth guide for practitioners 

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has released a Telehealth Guide for Practitioners which outlines their expectations of how registered health practitioners will use telehealth in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional Practice Guideline: Telehealth in psychiatry (published November 2021, RANZCP)

AHPRA’s Telehealth Guide for Practitioners (published April 2020, AHPRA)


Resources on this website are the most recent currently available and updates will be added as available.

For further information, please consult the WA Department of Health website, or call the COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

If you are a consumer or carer looking for information on mental health and COVID-19, please go to the ‘Think Mental Health‘ website. If you have a query about receiving treatment during the pandemic, please contact your care provider.

Dr Nathan Gibson
Chief Psychiatrist

Review of the Mental Health Act 2014

The Mental Health Commission is reviewing the Mental Health Act 2014 and wants to hear from people who:

  • Have received treatment under the Act;
  • Have supported someone who received treatment under the Act;
  • Work in the mental health sector, including as an advocate or volunteer;
  • Have feedback about the operation and effectiveness of the Act.

Let them know what is working well with the Act or where things could be improved.  This is your chance to have your say and help improve the Act for the Western Australian community.

Visit www.mhc.wa.gov.au/mhactreview or telephone (08) 6553 0600 for more information.

Feedback can be provided up to 31 January 2022.

Mental health services can make use of this poster to advertise a feedback session within their service.

2021 Private Psychiatric Hostels Snapshot Now Available

The Chief Psychiatrist has reviewed the data collected for the 2021 Private Psychiatric Hostels Snapshot and a report is now available.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Private Psychiatric Hostels Snapshot 2021

The Chief Psychiatrist’s Private Psychiatric Hostel Snapshot is a process to understand the demographics of residents and how they access mental health services. It is published annually as part of the oversight process for private psychiatric hostels. You can view the snapshot, along with previous versions on the Monitoring of Private Psychiatric Hostels page.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services Forum – Info & FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services Forum

The Chief Psychiatrist and Deputy Chief Psychiatrist hosted a forum on Tuesday 9 November 2021 to showcase the learnings from the COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at the Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service.

Watch the video: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services 
(YouTube video – uploaded 12/11/2021)

Powerpoint presentation: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) raised during the forum

Will Public Health work with non-Government agencies?

  • Public Health works in partnership with all mental health service providers including Public and Private Services and Non-Government Organisations, wherever you are located across Western Australia

What does Public Health provide for the Vaccination Clinics?

  • Public Health provides expert staff, vaccines, consumables, interpreters, posters and all other tools and resources required
  • The Pfizer vaccine is offered
  • Public Health will support clinics with both small and large numbers of clients

How long does it take to organise a Vaccination Clinic?

  • There is a short lead-in time of a couple of weeks to organise and confirm two clinic dates three weeks apart

Is training available for mental health nurses to become a vaccinator?

  • Public Health provides training for nurses to become a vaccinator.

How will we be able to run a Vaccination Clinic when we have a very busy clinic workload?

  • Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service reduced the workload for Case Managers on the vaccination days

What are the key strategies that mental health clinicians can implement to support clients?

  • Case Managers discussed vaccination with all clients on their case load, encouraged them to attend and obtained their consent
  • The vaccine was offered to all clients and also to any of their family and carers who wished to attend the Vaccination Clinic
  • Clients did not need to have ID to get their vaccination
  • Clients identified the Community Mental Health Setting as a safe, familiar and comfortable environment
  • Clients were offered transport to attend the Vaccination Clinic
  • A concierge greeted clients on arrival and there were short waiting times
  • Case Managers and treating Doctors at the clinic reassured clients on the day

To arrange a COVID-19 Clinic, or if you have any have any further questions, contact NMHSCOVIDVaccination@health.wa.gov.au or phone 9222 8588

COVID-19 Forum for Mental Health Services 09/11/2021

You are invited to an online forum showcasing the learnings from the COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at the Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service.

This session will provide tips to mental health service providers to assist their clients in making an informed choice and accessing a COVID-19 Vaccination.

Date: Tuesday 9 November

Time: 11.00am -12.00pm

Presenters include:

  • Mr Mike Brown and Ms Edwina Milner from Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service
  • Ms Suzanne Cauble, Coordinator Nursing – NMHS COVID Vaccination Team
  • Ms Jo Fagan, Director Public Health

Location: Microsoft Teams meeting

Click here to join on your computer or mobile app