The Mental Health Act (MHA) 2014 section 526 requires mental health services to report notifiable incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist when they occur in respect to a person under MHA section 524. The ‘Policy for Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist’ (Policy) sets out the parameters for reporting to the Chief Psychiatrist.
A Review of the current Policy (2015) was undertaken earlier this year, involving wide consultation with public and private mental health services and the Department of Health Patient Safety and Surveillance Unit and Mental Health Unit. The Policy 2018 will replace the Policy 2015 that resides within the Department of Health’s Mental Health Policy Framework.
The Policy 2018 aims to provide more clarity on the processes for reporting notifiable incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist.
The Chief Psychiatrist would like to thank staff who provided feedback for the Review of the Policy 2015. Your input was instrumental in the revision of the Policy 2015. The Policy 2018 is due to be reviewed as soon as practicable following 30 November 2021.
For more information, please see our page – Reporting Notifiable Incidents – Public Health Services