SA Health - Report Into Mental Health Governance in South Australia And The State Government’s Interim Response | Member Feedback Sought

09 April 2019

The Health Minister has released the report into Mental Health (MH) Governance in South Australia (SA) and the SA Government interim response to that report. These documents can be found here.

The Health Minister’s Update advises that the recommendations regarding MH Governance include changes to the structure and reporting lines within the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health Strategy Unit in the Department for Health and Wellbeing. The report also recommended minimising duplication and addressing gaps and similarities across statutory bodies, including the role of the SA Mental Health Commission.

The Minister also states the review factored in the findings of the ICAC review into Oakden, which highlighted several potential problems in the identification, notification and escalation of complaints. The review noted further work is needed to build on the recommendations of the Oakden Report and the ICAC report into Oakden services. The Chief Psychiatrist is progressing work in response to the ICAC report with a number of recommendations already partly actioned or implemented.

The Public Service Association (PSA) is seeking feedback from members regarding these documents. Please forward comments to PSA by email by 5:00pm, Wednesday 10 April 2019 to allow them to be included in a collated and non-identifying manner as part of the PSA's response.