Chief Psychiatrist’s Mental Health Community of Practice – Eating Disorders Sessions

The Chief Psychiatrist’s Community of Practice just completed a 3-part series of sessions with Shannon Calvert, Lived Experience Educator & Advisor and, from WA Eating Disorders Outreach Consultation Service (WAEDOCS), Dr Lisa Miller and Fintan O’Looney, CNS.  If you missed it, to view the recordings and to access written summaries and presentations go to the Chief Psychiatrist’s Community of Practice webpage. There were 261 attendances across the sessions.

The sessions covered decision-making in Part 1, working with co-occurring needs and complexity in Part 2 and finally a question and answer discussion in Part 3 where we discussed care planning, contagion and community treatment orders, lived experience and best practice in regional areas.

Also, please tell us what you want to discuss in 2023 and your thoughts on the Community of Practice so far, by completing the survey. Alternatively email your ideas to clinicalreviews@ocp.wa.gov.au

We thank participants and presenters throughout 2022 for their valuable contributions to the sessions and look forward to seeing you all again at the Chief Psychiatrist’s Community of Practice in 2023.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2021-2022

The Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2021-22 has been tabled in WA Parliament.

The Chief Psychiatrist issues an annual report on the functions and statutory requirements of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist under the requirements of the Mental Health Act (WA) 2014.

This report highlights the key achievements of the Chief Psychiatrist and the Office for the year ending 30 June 2022. The work of the OCP has been wide-reaching and productive this year despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have provided strong statutory oversight. Our achievements in 2021-22 have provided important direction and drive for services to improve the standards of mental health treatment and care for Western Australians.

‘Ensuring Safe and High-Quality Mental Health Care’
Annual Report of the Chief Psychiatrist of Western Australia
1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022

Pieces: WA Film


Pieces is a WA made feature film: WA written, WA cast and crew.  Pieces is a feature about an art project run for people with varying mental illnesses.  It is gritty, raw and challenging but ultimately a narrative about community and hope. It’s beautifully written and the cinematography is stunning. Perth and the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) are central to the story.

Pieces opened WA Mental Health Week 2022.  I would encourage everyone to see this and re-start the discussions about breaking stigma.


PERTH

Wed 12, Thu 13, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Oct – The Backlot, West Perth WA – Purchase Tickets

Q & A with Director/ Producer Martin Wilson


And national screenings through the national branch of RANZCP:

MELBOURNE

Thurs 13th Oct 6:30pm – Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn VIC – Purchase Tickets

SYDNEY

Thur 13th Oct 6:30pm – Ritz Cinemas, Randwick NSW + Q & A with Director Martin Wilson – Purchase Tickets


The link tree to all screenings is here – LINKTREE


Dr Nathan Gibson
Chief Psychiatrist

Urgent Update: The Mental Health Infection Control Directions have been revoked – how does it affect the Mental Health Act 2014?

The Chief Health Officer revoked the Mental Health Infection Control Directions on 29th August 2022 (find revocation document here).

The Mental Health Infection Control Directions altered the way that assessments (section 48) and examinations (section 79) under the Mental Health Act 2014 were to be carried out when either the patient, or the clinician had COVID-19, had been in contact with COVID-19, had symptoms of COVID-19 or had been directed to isolate.  In those circumstances, the assessment or examination had to be carried out using one or more of the following infection control measures: use of PPE, use of a physical barrier, physical distancing, or audiovisual equipment.

Therefore, when the Mental Health Infection Control Directions were in place, there were times when it was possible to use audiovisual means to carry out assessments or examinations, in the metro area, when the COVID-19 criteria were met.

Now that the Mental Health Infection Control Directions have been revoked, this is no longer the case.

Assessments (section 48) and examinations (section 79) under the Mental Health Act 2014 can therefore no longer be carried out using telehealth or other audiovisual means, in the metro area.

The arrangements outside the metro area are not affected.

The COVID-19 FAQs will be updated to reflect this change.

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.

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.