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Reporting Notifiable Incidents – Private Hospitals and Non-Government Organisations

Please refer to the Policy for Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist – Private Hospitals and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) Providing Mental Health Services 2019 for information on the statutory requirements for reporting and to the reporting checklist 2019 for a summary of the reporting pathways.

Reporting is via the Notifiable Incidents Form for Private Mental Health Services.  Please download the form and save it your desktop, then open it from your desktop and complete the form and click ‘save.’ Then attach the completed form to an e-mail and send to

Private services in scope of reporting to the Chief Psychiatrist
  • Abbotsford Private Hospital
  • Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood Clinic)
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Marian Centre
  • Perth Clinic
  • St John of God Midland
  • St John of God Mt Lawley (Ursula Frayne Unit)

For a list of NGOs in scope for reporting, please contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist on 6553 0000.

It is a statutory requirement under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2014 that all notifiable incidents pertaining to psychiatric patients are reported to the Chief Psychiatrist as soon as practicable, ideally within 48 hours of the event.

The Chief Psychiatrist is responsible for overseeing the treatment and care of voluntary, involuntary, mentally impaired accused clients, and patients referred or detained under the MHA 2014. Notifiable incidents must be reported to the Chief Psychiatrist for persons receiving psychiatric care as:

  • an inpatient of a mental health service,
  • an inpatient of a general health service receiving concurrent treatment from mental health services,
  • a client of community mental health services,
  • an inpatient of drug and alcohol services receiving concurrent treatment from mental health services.
Notifiable incidents include, but are not limited to:
  1. Deaths
  2. Assault and/or aggression
  3. Sexual contact and/or allegation of sexual assault
  4. Attempted suicide
  5. Absent Without Leave (AWOL)
  6. Missing person
  7. Serious medication error
  8. Unlawful sexual contact with the patient/individual by a staff member
  9. The patient/individual is harmed by suspected unreasonable use of force by a staff member of a mental health service or psychiatric hostel.
  10. Any allegation of homicide committed by a current mental health patient/ individual or a mental health patient/ individual who was discharged or deactivated from mental health services within 28 days prior to the alleged homicide needs to be reported to the Chief Psychiatrist, even if the mental health service becomes aware of the alleged homicide after the 28 day period
  11. Any notifiable incident described above, that may receive media attention.

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