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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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12 January 2024

Noarlunga Health Services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, James Nash House Change in Gazettal Conditions

As a result of recent visits, the following gazettal conditions have been placed effective 11 January 2024. This is to address building limitations placing a condition on the use of dual occupancy rooms at Noarlunga and the QEH, and conditions at Birdwood Ward related to the physical condition of the building. It is expected that redesign and renovation will be required at all three sites so that these conditions can be lifted:

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12 January 2024

New Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard for Sexual Safety in Mental Health Services

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has developed the Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard – Sexual Safety in Mental Health Services, as a strategy to address sexual and gender-based violence in mental health settings. The Standard describes expectations in relation to the creation and maintenance of sexually safe and gender sensitive environments for the delivery of mental health services in South Australia, namely, those locations where a person with a mental illness may be assessed and treated in a health setting under the Mental Health Act 2009, including hospital inpatient or community mental health settings.

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15 December 2023

Consultation on the Future of Mental Health Laws extended

Consultation on the development of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Act has been extended. A discussion paper has been released on the YourSAy consultation site https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/mentalhealthactreview. Submissions can now be received until Friday 12 January 2024.

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30 November 2023

Annual Report of the Chief Psychiatrist 2022-23

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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