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The Chief Psychiatrist is an independent statutory officer who holds powers and duties as prescribed by the Mental Health Act 2009. The powers invested in the Chief Psychiatrist impose a governance responsibility over any Mental Health Service and other specified agencies that seek to influence the delivery of mental health treatment and care to the South Australian Community.

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2 June 2017

Mental Health Workers ready for amended Mental Health Act commencement

Across the public and private mental health system and statutory services, health workers have been getting ready for the commencement of the amended Mental Health Act 2009 on Monday 5 June 2017.

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2 June 2017

yourSAy response to the Suicide Prevention Plan Consultation

​Thank you to everyone who participated in the community consultation process via the South Australian Governments' yourSAy portal for the development of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan. We had an amazing response!​

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1 June 2017

Suicide Prevention is everyone's business

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist is working hard to change how people at risk are helped no matter who they reach out to. This means re-training health workers around the state based on the latest best-practice to ensure our health workers are able to provide the right support at the right time.

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