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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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30 November 2023

30 November 2023

The Annual Report of the Chief Psychiatrist was tabled in Parliament on 30 November 2023. Please see below if you wish to access a copy.

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16 November 2023

Consultation on the Future of Mental Health Laws

Consultation is now open on the development of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Act. A discussion paper has been released on the YourSAY consultation site with details of information sessions The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist welcomes this opportunity to align mental health legislation with contemporary mental health and human right-based practice and encourages South Australians to have their say.

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19 September 2023

UPDATE - Southern Intermediate Care Centre Consultation

Please note the following updates: - Spaces are still available for sessions this week including the online focus group - Friday 22 September 2023. - Two additional days of consultation have been opened up on 27 and 28 September 2023 for one hour group or 30 min individual interviews. - The Focus Group on 12 October 2023 has been cancelled, those who have enrolled will be offered an alternative time. - More background details regarding the consultation are available in this news item. You are invited to participate in a consultation to explore how the former SICC (Southern Intermediate Care Centre) may be best utilised to meet the mental health needs and expectations of the community living in the southern Adelaide metropolitan area. Please note that a range of options are being considered, including in, no particular order: a refreshed intermediate care centre model, a lived experience-led centre, a therapy focus model, dual diagnosis centre and a youth sub-acute service or a multi-use alternative.

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15 September 2023

Rural Mental Health Services Review

The Rural Mental Health Services Review report and SA Health response were tabled in parliament on the 14th of September 2023.

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