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Saving lives in the morgue: forensic medicine social work

Saving lives in the morgue: forensic medicine social work

The forensic medicine social work service is being redesigned for people who are traumatically and suddenly bereaved, so they feel supported and well informed when facing a potentially disempowering and complex medical and coronial system.
NSW Health Pathology
Added: 6 May 2019|Last updated: 9 May 2019
Creating an integrated and responsive community acute care mental health service: to improve the quality of consumer outcomes

Creating an integrated and responsive community acute care mental health service: to improve the quality of consumer outcomes

Mental health community services should provide an integrated and comprehensive recovery service for consumers. However, services have operated in silos over previous years, which can result in a fragmented consumer journey. This clinical redesign project will focus on an integrated mental health community service for consumers.
Northern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 6 May 2019|Last updated: 9 May 2019
tOTal Improvement

tOTal Improvement

tOTal Improvement is designed to improve communication within the multidisciplinary team at Morisset Hospital and to better direct consumers’ support needs within the clinical rehabilitation program.
Morisset Hospital
Added: 17 April 2019|Last updated: 7 May 2019
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

This project implements a clinical pathway for referral and treatment that includes screening, triage, and assessment; and provides adults referred to Richmond Adult Community Mental Health Service with cognitive behavioural therapy – enhanced. This is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy specifically for eating disorders.
Northern NSW Local Health District
Added: 29 March 2019|Last updated: 12 April 2019
Early Psychosis Pathway

Early Psychosis Pathway

This clinical pathway, will provide a basic flow of clinical care for patients who are experiencing early psychosis, or who are at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis.
Cooma Hospital and Health Service
Added: 5 November 2018|Last updated: 21 November 2018
What a Difference a Date Will Make

What a Difference a Date Will Make

Various services in the local area were concerned about the increase in young adolescents presenting in crisis, with either potential self-harm or harm to others. Police and ambulance workers were often required to intervene, and emergency department beds used. This project aims to reduce the waitlist time for a multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment for older school age and adolescent children, by 25% by March 2018....
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Added: 26 September 2018|Last updated: 11 October 2018
Improving Access to Non-Acute Mental Health Beds

Improving Access to Non-Acute Mental Health Beds

This project creates efficiencies in the provision of non-acute mental health beds across the Northern Sydney Local Health District by improving referral and communication processes and providing a better overall experience for patients and staff.
Macquarie Hospital
Added: 20 August 2018|Last updated: 30 August 2018
Innovative Service Delivery Model

Innovative Service Delivery Model

Western Sydney Local Health Districtestablished a Mental Health Acute Assessment Team at Cumberland Hospital. The service responds to relevant Triple Zero calls via a dispatch system, using dedicated paramedics and mental health clinical nurse consultants.
Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 28 May 2018|Last updated: 22 June 2018
Making the Health of the Nation Outcome Scale Work For Us

Making the Health of the Nation Outcome Scale Work For Us

This project added an additional multidisciplinary team meeting to the Older Persons Mental Health Team schedule each week and adjusted the meeting agenda, to allow more time for mental health care reviews.
Sutherland Hospital and Community Health Service
Added: 30 April 2018|Last updated: 14 May 2018
Towards a Better Fit: Defining a Forensic Mental Health Patient

Towards a Better Fit: Defining a Forensic Mental Health Patient

The Forensic Hospital implemented measures to improve the quality and compliance of patient outcome measures collected, including staff education and data feedback sessions, a user-friendly glossary and the development of a program to facilitate the analysis of HoNOS and other outcome measures.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 6 March 2017|Last updated: 28 April 2018
Increasing Blood-Borne Virus Screening in the Community Setting

Increasing Blood-Borne Virus Screening in the Community Setting

St George Drug and Alcohol Service established a clear process for blood-borne virus screening, by delivering training to staff and embedding the test into the initial assessment of new clients.
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 15 February 2018|Last updated: 2 March 2018
Detecting Delirium in the Emergency Department

Detecting Delirium in the Emergency Department

Belmont District Hospital implemented an education package for nursing staff, to improve the use of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) screening tool in the emergency department (ED). The CAM tool is an affordable and easy way to dramatically improve the outcomes of patients presenting to the ED with delirium.
Added: 14 February 2018|Last updated: 1 March 2018
What About Us

What About Us

St George Hospital
Added: 27 November 2017|Last updated: 21 December 2017
Completing the Admission Checklist in Mental Health Rehabilitation Units

Completing the Admission Checklist in Mental Health Rehabilitation Units

Sutherland Hospital Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit implemented new policies and processes for managing admissions, then educated staff on the changes.
Sutherland Hospital and Community Health Service
Added: 27 October 2017|Last updated: 10 November 2017
Running Away Causes Delay

Running Away Causes Delay

This project reduced the number of patients who absconded (ran away) from the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Inpatient Unit, by implementing an environmental review, courtyard supervision, flexible visiting hours, multidisciplinary team reviews, leave prescriptions and capital works.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 23 October 2017|Last updated: 6 November 2017
Confusing Directions: Finding the Right Pathway for People with Delirium

Confusing Directions: Finding the Right Pathway for People with Delirium

Hunter New England Mental Health implemented a new screening tool and staff education to ensure patients with delirium are provided with the right care pathway.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 23 October 2017|Last updated: 6 November 2017
A Coordinated Local Approach to Disordered Eating Services

A Coordinated Local Approach to Disordered Eating Services

This project improved care delivered to people with eating disorders in Broken Hill and surrounding areas in FWLHD. It focused on increasing clinicians’ skill and confidence by providing education sessions, improving access to resources and increasing opportunities for professional networking.
Broken Hill Health Service
Added: 25 August 2017|Last updated: 8 September 2017
The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program

The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program

The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program is a 12-week hip-hop therapy program designed to engage young people with severe mental illness in a way that is enjoyable, creates a sense of purpose in their lives and helps them reconnect to themselves and others.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 23 August 2017|Last updated: 7 September 2017
Better Flow, Better Journey: Improving Mental Health Acute Care

Better Flow, Better Journey: Improving Mental Health Acute Care

MNCLHD introduced a number of solutions to improve the flow and patient journey through its Mental Health Acute Care Services.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 23 August 2017|Last updated: 25 August 2017
Police Ambulance Early Access to Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth

Police Ambulance Early Access to Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth

HNELHD provided iPads to police and ambulance staff, so they can access mental health triage and support for consumers at the scene of the emergency.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 15 August 2017|Last updated: 25 August 2017
Mirrabrook: A Truly Smoke Free Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Mirrabrook: A Truly Smoke Free Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Mirrabrook Mental Health Unit introduced a new policy to help nicotine-dependent consumers quit smoking during their inpatient stay. It was supported by staff training, nicotine replacement therapy and carbon monoxide monitoring.
Shellharbour Hospital
Added: 29 May 2017|Last updated: 16 June 2017
Reducing 28-day mental health readmissions

Reducing 28-day mental health readmissions

The project aims to reduce 28-day mental health readmissions in Western Sydney Local Health District by identifying the key issues which lead to high readmission rates, and to implement targeted solutions to address these factors. Changes to the admissions, care co-ordination and discharge processes were implemented. Consumer, family and carer input into care planning was emphasised, along with the patient journey from admission to discharge and transition to the community....
Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 26 April 2017|Last updated: 28 April 2017
STAT MH: Safe, Timely Access to Mental Health

STAT MH: Safe, Timely Access to Mental Health

This project will implement a number of solutions to reduce clinical variability and length of stay in acute adult mental health inpatient units. These include a new model of care, new care coordination and discharge process, new patient flow and demand management systems, enhanced consumer engagement, and workforce review and development.
South Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 14 March 2017|Last updated: 28 April 2017
Me, Myself and My Tribunal

Me, Myself and My Tribunal

The Forensic Hospital developed a tool to help patients prepare for their Mental Health Review Tribunal, held every six months. This tool was designed to increase the satisfaction of patients with their level of engagement in Tribunals.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 23 March 2017|Last updated: 24 April 2017
Feeling Safe in the Emergency Department

Feeling Safe in the Emergency Department

This project optimises consumer and staff safety in the ED and ensures SWSLHD provides consistent, therapeutic care to all mental health patients.
South Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 29 November 2016|Last updated: 22 December 2016
Building Bridges and Pathways: Improving Service Access for Young People

Building Bridges and Pathways: Improving Service Access for Young People

This project involved six mental health services working together to improve communication and referral pathways, so that young people receive the care they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Northern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 2 December 2016|Last updated: 16 December 2016
Streamlined Oral Health Pathway for People Living with a Mental Illness

Streamlined Oral Health Pathway for People Living with a Mental Illness

Sydney Local Health District developed an electronic oral health assessment form that provides appropriate information to the oral health clinician, as well as a comprehensive summary that can be easily understood by the participant, their carer and general practitioner.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 19 October 2016|Last updated: 2 November 2016
Creative Arts in Community Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery

Creative Arts in Community Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery

This project established four community arts programs in Port Macquarie Community College. The programs help participants with mental health and Alcohol and Other Drugs challenges rebuild their confidence and provide them with important life skills. It also reduces the stigma of mental health issues and provides participants with a sense of belonging in the communities where they live.
Port Macquarie Community College
Added: 19 October 2016|Last updated: 19 October 2016
Reducing Seclusion Use in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Reducing Seclusion Use in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

This project identified and examined the systemic issues leading to the use of seclusion at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. It implemented preventative strategies to reduce the use of seclusion, including multidisciplinary team care plans, staff education, daily intake and handover meetings, as well as supervision sessions for nursing and allied health staff.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Added: 26 September 2016|Last updated: 10 October 2016
Community Integration Team: At Risk Youth Mental Health

Community Integration Team: At Risk Youth Mental Health

The Community Integration Team is a cohesive statewide health service that coordinates care for young people who have mental health problems and/or problematic drug and alcohol use, while they are in the juvenile justice system and three months after their release.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 2 May 2016|Last updated: 23 May 2016
PsychED for Kids

PsychED for Kids

To provide young people aged 12-17 years with timely access to mental health assessments in the emergency department, with the aim of reducing avoidable admissions and length of stay in hospital.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 14 April 2016|Last updated: 28 April 2016
Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow

CCLHD developed a new referral pathway and model of care, to improve access to mental health services in the community.
Central Coast Local Health District
Added: 8 April 2016|Last updated: 28 April 2016
Getting it Right for Wollemi Kids

Getting it Right for Wollemi Kids

Wollemi Kids increased the size and capacity of its team and refurbished its ward, to improve service delivery and better address the needs of young people in the service.
Orange Health Service
Added: 6 April 2016|Last updated: 20 April 2016
Sprint Interval Training for Adolescents with Serious Mental Illness

Sprint Interval Training for Adolescents with Serious Mental Illness

A 10-week sprint interval training exercise program was implemented at Concord Centre for Mental Health, to provide adolescent inpatients in the Walker Unit with a structured form of physical activity.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 29 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
On the Move: Increasing physical activity

On the Move: Increasing physical activity

SWSLHD purchased exercise equipment and incorporated physical activity into the group program at Gna Ka Lun Adolescent Mental Health Unit.
South Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 29 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
My Recovery: The Consumer-led Journey

My Recovery: The Consumer-led Journey

The Mental Health Recovery Unit (MHRU) implemented an eight-week program that used the Mental Health Recovery Star tool to help consumers set recovery goals and manage their own recovery reviews.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 8 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
Collaborative Care Planning: With Me When It’s About Me

Collaborative Care Planning: With Me When It’s About Me

The Forensic Hospital made changes to its treatment and management plan, introduced the NSW Mental Health Care Plan and conducted staff and patient education on the value of developing a care plan in collaboration with consumers.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 12 February 2016|Last updated: 8 March 2016
No More Loafing Around

No More Loafing Around

The Elouera Unit promoted healthy weight through education and review of the meal provision program, in collaboration with patients.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 19 February 2016|Last updated: 4 March 2016
Improving Patient Participation at The Forensic Hospital

Improving Patient Participation at The Forensic Hospital

The Forensic Hospital implemented collaborative care planning, developed a patient participation framework and recruited a consumer consultant to engage consumers and advocate for their needs.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 1 December 2015|Last updated: 3 December 2015
Eloura CARES: Collaborate, Acknowledge, Respect, Empower, Strengthen

Eloura CARES: Collaborate, Acknowledge, Respect, Empower, Strengthen

Shellharbour Hospital developed a model of care that provides engaging, therapeutic, recovery-orientated mental health services to consumers, their carers and families.
Shellharbour Hospital
Added: 30 November 2015|Last updated: 3 December 2015
Intangible Storytelling Project

Intangible Storytelling Project

A multimedia project which tells the stories of inspirational carers and the vital role they play in the community.
Far West Local Health District
Added: 27 August 2015|Last updated: 10 September 2015
Move2Music

Move2Music

The project established a Move2Music program, which encouraged participants to dance and play games during a two-hour session with staff from Dareton Primary Health Centre
Dareton Primary Health Centre
Added: 8 July 2015|Last updated: 4 September 2015
Beat it! Every patient, every time

Beat it! Every patient, every time

The Beat It! (Beat the Mental Health National Emergency Access Target) project used clinical redesign methodology to identify barriers to the timely and efficient assessment, treatment, admission or discharge of mental health consumers presenting to Wyong Hospital emergency department. Solutions were developed to address the root causes of delays to reduce lengthy waiting times and enhance the consumer experience. Improved communication and collaboration between the divisions and teams will also enhance staff and consumer satisfaction....
Wyong Public Hospital
Added: 6 August 2015|Last updated: 21 August 2015
Read the Play Murrumbidgee

Read the Play Murrumbidgee

Read the Play is a mental health literacy program designed for junior levels of sports clubs. It provides information about mental illness through fun and interactive games, helping remove the stigma of mental illness and increase help-seeking behaviour.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 27 May 2015|Last updated: 16 June 2015
The Future of Service Cohesion

The Future of Service Cohesion

This project developed an integrated model of care that facilitated early discharge from inpatient units and transferred care back to the community, with home-based treatments provided by an Acute Care Team.
Croydon Community Health Centre, Concord Centre for Mental Health
Added: 25 May 2015|Last updated: 9 June 2015
NSW Forensic Patient Needs and Services Project

NSW Forensic Patient Needs and Services Project

This project conducted a detailed examination of forensic mental health services in NSW and assessed the needs of current forensic patients, to see whether they are being met. This information will inform the need for service reform and development.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 4 May 2015|Last updated: 18 May 2015
General Practitioner and Mental Health Collaborative Care Project

General Practitioner and Mental Health Collaborative Care Project

This project improves the way primary care and mental health services work with consumers to manage their physical health. The new model of care establishes and develops roles and responsibilities, communication pathways, ongoing care and escalation strategies, with an annual review to accommodate the individual needs of each consumer.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 17 April 2015|Last updated: 22 April 2015
Model of Care for People with Eating Disorders

Model of Care for People with Eating Disorders

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is establishing a model of care for people with eating disorders, in line with Stage 1 implementation of the NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders 2013-2018.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Added: 8 April 2015|Last updated: 22 April 2015
Coordinating Mental Health Transfer of Care

Coordinating Mental Health Transfer of Care

Essential to seamless transfer of care is the engagement of and communication with relevant clinicians from the inpatient and community settings, as well as the consumer or carer during discharge planning. This project has highlighted the real issues underlying care coordination, which have persisted and become more complex as local services have evolved. An objective analysis of these issues has occurred with focused strategies and an implementation plan that places the patient at the centre of care....
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 31 March 2015|Last updated: 17 April 2015
How Access Has Changed Emergency Mental Health Care in the Bush

How Access Has Changed Emergency Mental Health Care in the Bush

Many rural and remote towns have limited access to mental health specialist services and local providers bear the responsibility for emergency mental health care. The Mental Health Emergency Care – Rural Access Program (MHEC-RAP) is a telepsychiatry program established in western NSW to provide accessible specialist emergency mental health care and is available 24 hours 7 days a week. MHEC-RAP is changing the local provision of emergency mental health care. Local providers are no longer ‘flying blind’ as this has...
Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health
Added: 11 March 2015|Last updated: 25 March 2015

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