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The Commission has a strong commitment to promote, support and encourage safety and quality in the provision of mental health services.  In 2011, the Mental Health Team was established to ensure a greater integrated focus across existing Commission programs.

The mental health team works with colleagues across the range of Commission programs including: National Standards and Accreditation,  Recognition and Response to Clinical Deterioration, and Medication Safety.

National Consultation on the draft National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in a Person’s Mental State now open

The Commission is seeking comment on a draft National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in a Person’s Mental State (the Consensus Statement).

The Consensus Statement has been developed to provide people with equity of access to safe and effective treatment for mental health issues as for physical health problems.

The purposes of the Consensus Statement are to:

  • describe best practice for people who experience deterioration in their mental state
  • guide health services in developing systems for recognising and responding to deterioration in a person’s mental state that are tailored to their specific populations, and the resources and personnel available, while complying with relevant jurisdictional and other requirements
  • support health service organisations to implement actions in draft version 2 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Download the draft National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in a Person’s Mental State (PDF 764KB) (Word 164KB)

To ensure that the draft Consensus Statement accurately reflects the expected standard of care and agreed practices for responding to deterioration in a person’s mental state, comments are now being sought through a national consultation process.

The Commission seeks answers to the following questions in submissions from stakeholders:

  • Does the Consensus Statement accurately reflect what you think the recognition and  response to deterioration in a person’s mental state should be? Why or why not?
  • Are there any gaps in the Consensus Statement in relation to key processes for safe and effective recognition and response to deterioration in a person’s mental state?
  • Can the Consensus Statement feasibly be implemented in your healthcare setting?
  • What resources or tools does your organisation currently use or recommend to support members of the workforce to recognise deterioration in a person’s mental state, and monitor and communicate observed changes?

The closing date for written submissions is 6 September 2016.

To ensure transparency and promote a robust discussion, all submissions will be published on the Commission’s website, including the names of individuals and /or organisations making the submission. The Commission will consider requests to withhold the contents of any submissions made in whole or part.

Your comments can be sent by post or email to:

Consultation Consensus Statement Deterioration in a Person’s Mental State

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

GPO Box 5480

SYDNEY NSW 2001

Email: mentalhealth@safetyandquality.gov.au

If you have any questions in relation to the Consensus Statement or the consultation, please contact:

Dr Andrew Moors

Senior Project Officer

Phone: (02) 9126 3590

Email: andrew.moors@safetyandquality.gov.au

Key initiatives

Key initiatives the mental health team are involved in include:

National Standards and Accreditation in Mental Health Services

The Commission has developed an Accreditation Workbook for Mental Health Services which maps the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards with the National Standards for Mental Health Services.

The Commission has undertaken a Scoping Study in collaboration with the National Mental Health Commission on the implementation of both the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and the National Standards for Mental Health Services.

Recognition and response to clinical deterioration

The Commission recently published a Scoping Review on recognising and responding to deterioration in mental state, and is undertaking work to develop resources to support services in this work.

The Commission has also produced resources to support mental health services in recognising and responding to physiological deterioration in acute mental health settings.

Medication Safety in Mental Health

The Medication Safety Program has undertaken work to improve medication safety in mental health services. This includes tools and resources to support use of the National Inpatient Medication Chart.

The Commission also engaged the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group to revise the Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines in Australian Hospitals 2007 (2007 QUM indicator set) and develop new indicators for mental health and continuity of care.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about any of the Commission’s work in mental health, please email Andrew.Moors@safetyandquality.gov.au

Emergency mental health contact details

National Mental Health Commission

National Standards for Mental Health Services