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Draft Discussion Paper – People with Serious Mental Illness and Challenging Behaviours

22 Oct 2019


The Chief Psychiatrist has been increasingly concerned about the standard of care being provided to people with serious, enduring mental illness and challenging behaviours. Both clinicians and families have expressed concerns about the current service system. They have identified gaps, fragmented services or parts of the service system that are not well structured to meet the needs of these individuals and their families.

As a consequence, the Chief Psychiatrist instigated a formal targeted review into the treatment and care of people who have serious mental illness with complex needs and challenging behaviour. He tasked the Research and Strategy team at the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to undertake this review in partnership with key stakeholders, to develop options to enhance future clinical services for this cohort.

The Research and Strategy team have developed a discussion paper based on their investigations, and through small group and individual meetings with key mental health carer community managed organisations, peak consumer bodies and clinicians from a broad range of mental health services. This review is intended to be a catalyst for change.

Please consider and comment on the Draft Discussion Paper – People with Serious Mental Illness and Challenging Behaviours.

Written comments can be submitted via email by COB Friday 15 November 2019 to:


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