Office of the Chief Psychiatrist

Information

This information is for health professionals.

For crisis counselling and other support areas please ring 1800 682 288 or go to the 24 Hour Mental Health Hotlines

The Chief Psychiatrist provides a clinical and professional leadership role in mental health quality and safety, with particular regard to the following areas:

  • professional workforce capacity and development
  • monitoring compliance with the Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998
  • participating in safety and quality leadership at a national level and
  • setting a strategic direction in this domain for the Northern Territory.

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist’s primary role is to support the Chief Psychiatrist and strategic leadership of clinicians providing mental health services throughout the Northern Territory. The office undertakes project works and assists the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs branch, and the regional mental health services.

The mission for the Northern Territory is to establish a better understanding of mental health and mental illness by increasing mental health literacy, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure that the mental health service system is responsive, coordinated, provides timely and high quality, culturally safe and appropriate care at the right place and at the right time.

Legislation, policies, standards and directions

Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998 - the Act is currently under review.

For more information on the review, go to the NT Health reviews page.

Projects

Upcoming

  • Forensic Services Integrations
  • Emergency Tele-psychiatry Services
  • Commissioning Framework Development for Child and Youth Services.

Current

  • Using Data to Drive Improvement (UDDI)
    • The UDDI project was designed to work closely with clinicians and analysts to create value and assist change behaviours relating to the importance of data through a clinical lens.
    • Increasing data quality and input is identified as an NT Health strategic priority aligned to lift performance towards excellence as well as systemise effectiveness and efficiency.
    • Build a sustainable model where data in conjunction with a standardised problem solving framework will be used routinely by mental health staff to identify improvement opportunities and then implement and track their changes.
  • Data Improvement Reference Group (DIRG)
    • The reference group is a group of NT Health staff who are using the trainings of the Using Data the Drive Improvement (UDDI) to build and change the current models of data collection to create a more effective system toward excellence.

Approved procedures

The purpose of the approved procedures is to provide guidance to procedural requirements arising from the administration of the Act in the day-to-day operation of mental health services. The approved procedures have been approved by the Chief Executive of the Department of Health in accordance with section 18 of the Act.

Any questions regarding the approved procedures should be directed to the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist on 08 8999 2766 or email chiefpsychiatrist.doh@nt.gov.au.

Approved Procedures and Quality Assurance Committee (APQAC)

The Approved Procedures and Quality Assurance Committee (APQAC) is a statutory committee established under part 17 of the Act. Membership is outlined in the terms of reference, and endorsed by the Chief Executive of the Department of Health.

Pursuant to section 145(2) of the Act, the function of APQAC is to:

  • monitor and review the approved procedures and forms and where appropriate, recommend amendments to them
  • assess and evaluate the quality of mental health services, including clinical practices and privileges, and where appropriate, recommend changes to them.

Any questions regarding the approved procedures or APQAC should be directed to the Chief Psychiatrist on 08 8999 2766 or email chiefpsychiatrist.doh@nt.gov.au.

Protocol between NT Health and NT Police for mental health matters

The protocol for cooperative arrangements in mental health matters between NT Health and NT Police is an agreement between NT Police and NT Health to work in cooperation to promote a safe and coordinated system of response and care for people known, or suspected to be experiencing mental illness, disturbance or complex cognitive impairment, or exhibiting behaviours that may indicate such, and who may require care and treatment under the Mental Health and Related Services Act (MHARS Act) 1998.

Read the protocol for cooperative arrangements in mental health matters between NT Health and NT Police PDF (941.4 KB).

Contacts

If you wish to provide the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist with feedback or a complaint, please email the Office. Complaints can be about, but not limited to a mental health facility, practitioner and/or services.

Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
Phone: 08 8999 2766
chiefpsychiatrist.doh@nt.gov.au

PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811


Last updated: 30 September 2022

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