SALHN Mental Health (MH) – Gruner Review of Outer South Community Mental Health (OSCMH)

18 October 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) became aware of the Gruner Review from an article published by online news service InDaily on 16 October 2018. The article states that SALHN/SA Health arranged for a Review of Outer South Community Mental Health to be conducted by Lee Gruner from Quality Directions Australia. According to the article, InDaily received a leaked copy of the Review dated May 2018. Following the article in InDaily the PSA received contact from members with concerns including:

  • At no stage has the PSA or members been advised of the above Review. The PSA has also reviewed all SALHN MH Consultative Committee minutes since September 2017 and has not found any information or advice on this matter.
  • While members acknowledge that the Review is being undertaken as a result of OSCMH Psychiatrists raising concerns about the SALHN MH Clinical Director, many of the concerns mentioned in the article have previously been raised by members to management and also by the PSA at SALHN MH Consultative Committee meetings and through email and other written correspondence.
  • The InDaily article mentions Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). The PSA is the union which represents AHPs and as such members believe that the PSA should have been advised of the Review and asked to provide a submission on behalf of members.
  • The article quotes a statement from a SALHN spokesperson - "We have and continue to work closely with the group, not only on the report’s recommendations..." It is presumed this "group" is Psychiatrists. However members report that they are yet to be advised of any of the twenty-one Gruner Review recommendations referred to in the article, nor has the PSA or members received the Gruner Review report despite the concerns raised by PSA and AHPs about the impact of these issues on AHPs and their client care.

The PSA raised this matter at the SALHN Industrial Relations Forum held on 17 October 2018 and advised we would write to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SALHN regarding the lack of consultation with the PSA and members regarding this Review. A copy of our letter can be found here.

The PSA and members have a right to be formally consulted on these matters. The PSA has requested the following:

  • A copy of the Gruner Review report and recommendations be provided to the PSA;
  • SALHN advise the PSA of its response and intention in relation to each of the recommendations;
  • A minimum two week consultation period be provided to PSA members to seek feedback regarding the Review and recommendations and SALHN’s response to those, including a paid time meeting with OSCMH salaried staff; and
  • SALHN provide information regarding how it intends to engage in consultation with the PSA and members.

The PSA will forward SALHN’s response as soon as it is received and will then engage in consultation with OSCMH members.