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Reporting Notifiable Incidents – Private Hospitals

Please refer to the Policy for Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist – Private Health Services for information on the statutory requirements for reporting and to the Notifiable Incidents Form for Private Mental Health Services.

The form can be electronically submitted in Explorer. If you are using Google Chrome, 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
  • Blackwood River Clinic
  • Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood Clinic)
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Marian Centre
  • Neami National Joondalup
  • Peel Health Campus
  • Perth Clinic
  • St John of God Midland
  • St John of God Mt Lawley (Ursula Frayne Unit)

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. Non suicidal self-injury/harm
  5. Attempted suicide
  6. Absent Without Leave (AWOL)
  7. Missing person
  8. Serious medication error
  9. Unlawful sexual contact with the patient by a staff member
  10. The patient is harmed by suspected unreasonable use of force by a staff member of a mental health service or psychiatric hostel.

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