Office of the Chief Psychiatrist

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
  • 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



  • Forensic Services Integrations
  • Emergency Tele-psychiatry Services
  • Commissioning Framework Development for Child and Youth Services
  • Mental Health Clinical Collaboratives


  • 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.


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

PO Box 40596, Casuarina, NT 0811

Last updated: 11 June 2021

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