Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
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
- Forensic Services Integrations
- Emergency Tele-psychiatry Services
- Commissioning Framework Development for Child and Youth Services.
- 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.
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 medical practitioner registered to practice in the Northern Territory can make a recommendation for psychiatric examination.
Before you submit a recommendation (form 9) call the mental health helpline on 1800 682 288.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
- AP12 - Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) procedure
- AP12A - Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) licensing of premises procedure
- Non psychiatric treatment, major medical procedures and clinical trials
- AP30 - Non-psychiatric treatment, major medical procedures, clinical trials and experimental treatments procedure
- Restrictive practices
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.
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.
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.
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Last updated: 08 June 2022
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