Closing date extended: Thursday, 28 January 2021

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP), Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, is seeking consumer and carer representatives with experience of the Queensland mental health system to participate in a community of interest for the review of the training resources utilised to train clinicians in executing their functions under the Mental Health Act 2016. This training resource is also available to the broader community.

A project to review the current Mental Health Act eLearning package is currently underway and is anticipated to require a phased approach spanning a 2 to 3 year period.

It is anticipated that the community of interest will establish a pool of applicants that the OCP can engage to provide feedback on specific topics and resources over a three-year period. This feedback will inform the gradual redevelopment of the educational package by opting in or out of activities as they arise. Activities will vary and may include:

  • Surveys
  • Content review and development
  • Input into color schemes, infographics and pictures
  • Collaboration on scripts, scenarios, videos and/or other interactive resources
  • Other activities as they arise.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit consumer and carer representatives with a lived experience of mental illness including interactions with authorised mental health services (inpatient or community) and exposure to the Mental Health Act 2016.

What does the Chief Psychiatrist do?

The Chief Psychiatrist is responsible for:

  • exercising the statutory responsibilities of the Chief Psychiatrist for the purpose of the administration of the Mental Health Act 2016
  • consultation and specialist advice regarding the clinical care and treatment of people with mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on those receiving services within Queensland Health’s mental health alcohol and other drug (MHAOD) services.

The OCP strives to improve outcomes and promote recovery for, and rights of, consumers with mental health and substance use disorders.  It provides support, advice and direction to MHAOD services in providing clinical care.

The OCP leads mental health legislative policy analysis and development and contributes to legislative policy processes in other Queensland Health work units and government agencies.  The statutory functions of the Chief Psychiatrist under the Mental Health Act are supported by compliance monitoring and related policy and system development and management of the interface between the mental health and justice systems.

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