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The Chief Psychiatrist is a statutory role with powers and functions relating to the administration of the Mental Health Act 2009 and the standard of mental health care in South Australia.

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11 May 2024

Summary Document for Public Release: Independent Review into the Care of a Patient following a Critical Incident at Plympton in December 2023

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9 April 2024

Chief Psychiatrist Suicide Prevention Pathway Standard and Guideline for Consultation

In line with the implementation of Towards Zero Suicides (TZS) Initiative in SA Health facilities, a Chief Psychiatrist Standard and Guideline has been developed for the establishment of a Suicide Prevention Pathway (SPP), which is a clinical pathway for people in suicide and self-harm distress.

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4 April 2024

Southern Intermediate Care Centre: Outcome of Sector Consultation

In 2023 the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP), in partnership with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN), undertook a consultation to consider possible future mental health uses for the Southern Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) at Noarlunga.

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14 March 2024

Mental Health and Emergency Services Memorandum of Understanding 2023

From 1 February 2024 an updated Mental Health and Emergency Services Memorandum of Understanding is in effect. Signed by the Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Chief Executive Department for Health and Wellbeing, Commissioner of Police, Chief Executive Officer SA Ambulance Service and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service, the MOU establishes an agreed framework to ensure that people who have or appear to have a mental illness receive safe transport and timely access to assessment and treatment services. The MOU is supported by Local Liaison Groups in each area.

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