The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has recently published professional practice guidelines that provide practical guidance for psychiatrists prescribing and administering electroconvulsive therapy.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment with a strong evidence base for a number of major depressive disorders and other psychiatric disorders. The purpose of the RANZCP guidelines is to encourage ECT practice that minimised adverse effects and improved outcomes for patients.
Please note that under the Mental Health Act 2014 ECT services and clinicians in Western Australia must have regard to the Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines for the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Western Australia when prescribing and administering ECT. The Chief Psychiatrist Guidelines for the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy in WA are currently being updated in line with evidence from research and best practice and ECT Guidelines from other Australian and international jurisdictions and professional bodies, including the RANZCP guidelines.