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

WA Seclusion and Restraint Data: 2020-2021 Financial Year, and Trends 2016-2021

The Chief Psychiatrist is committed to working towards the elimination of restrictive practices, seclusion and restraint, in Western Australia (WA).  In order to promote transparency in the use of restrictive practices in WA, the Chief Psychiatrist has committed to publishing the rates of seclusion and restraint bi-annually for each authorised mental health service.

The rates of seclusion and restraint for the 2020–2021 financial year (1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021), alongside trends from 2016-2021 are now available.

WA Seclusion and Restraint Data: 2020-2021 Financial Year

WA Seclusion Data: 2016-2021

WA Restraint Data: 2016-2021

Additional data can be found here: WA Seclusion and Restraint Data

Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2020-21

The Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2020-21 has been tabled in WA Parliament.

The 2020-21 financial year has been a busy and effective one for the Chief Psychiatrist and his staff, and this report explicitly details the activities of the Office and its value to the WA community.  Past Annual Reports have concentrated on the usual activities of the Chief Psychiatrist from a program perspective, as well as on the statutory reporting requirements.  Our quality data is always reflected in the Annual Report.  However, this report takes a further step in looking at the systemic view by reflecting on the needs of the mental health sector in Western Australia (WA) and the role the Chief Psychiatrist has played in ensuring safe high-quality mental health treatment and care.

‘Ensuring Safe and High Quality Mental Health Care’
Annual Report of the Chief Psychiatrist of Western Australia
1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021

If you would like to provide feedback about the Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2021, please follow this link – Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2021 Feedback.

Best Practice Guideline for Transfer of Care for Mental Health Patients Moving Between States and Territories

The Best Practice Guideline for Transfer of Care for Mental Health Patients Moving Between States and Territories is now available.

This non-mandatory best practice guideline is applicable to all Health Service Providers and Contracted Health Entities that provide public mental health care including care that is provided in an Emergency Department.

It informs the assessment, treatment planning and transfer of care for people who have had contact with, or been treated by, mental health services in other states and territories, both those who have permanently relocated to WA and those temporarily in the state. It also informs the transfer of care for people who are moving from WA to another state or territory, both permanently and temporarily.

Those external to WA Health who cannot access the intranet link can request a copy of the document via @CSD, Mental Health Unit.

Email: mhu.csd@health.wa.gov.au

WA Seclusion and Restraint Data: Quarters 1&2, 2020-2021 Financial Year

The Chief Psychiatrist is committed to reducing working towards the elimination of restrictive practices, seclusion and restraint, in Western Australia (WA).  In order to promote transparency in the use of restrictive practices in WA, the Chief Psychiatrist has committed to publishing the rates of seclusion and restraint bi-annually for each authorised mental health service.

The rates of seclusion and restraint for Q1 and Q2 of the 2020 – 2021 financial year (1 July 2020 – 31 December 2020) are now available.

WA Seclusion and Restraint Data: Quarters 1&2 2020-2021 Financial Year

Additional data can be found here: WA Seclusion and Restraint Data

WA Historical Seclusion and Restraint Data

The Chief Psychiatrist is committed to reducing working towards the elimination of restrictive practices, seclusion and restraint, in Western Australia (WA).  In order to promote transparency in the use of restrictive practices in WA, the Chief Psychiatrist has committed to publishing the rates of seclusion and restraint bi-annually for each authorised mental health service.

The historical rates of seclusion and restraint for the 2016 – 2017 financial year (1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017), and the 2017 – 2018 financial year (1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018), alongside charts showing trends in these data from 2016 – 2020 are now available.

See WA Seclusion and Restraint Data here

Chief Mental Health Advocate

The Chief Mental Health Advocate, Ms Debora Colvin, stepped down from that role last Friday after a distinguished 13 years in the role.

She has forged an Advocacy Service with an incredibly strong integrity of model. Under her sage leadership, MHAS has been a true beacon for system accountability and a never-dimmed light on the path towards critical rights for the most vulnerable individuals in our community. Our collective thanks must go to Debora, with best wishes for her future.

We warmly welcome Ms Sarah Pollock as the new Chief Mental Health Advocate, and I look forward to working with her and the MHAS under her leadership.

Dr Nathan Gibson
Chief Psychiatrist WA