Closing date: Monday, 11 January 2021

The office of the Chief Psychiatrist is seeking one (1) consumer and one (1) carer representative with experience of the mental health system in Queensland to participate on a Steering Committee which will be reviewing the training resources used to train clinicians in executing their functions under the Mental Health Act 2016.

A project to review the current Mental Health Act (MHA2016) eLearning package is currently underway and is anticipated to require a phased approach spanning a 2 to 3 year period. Due to the nature of the project and the statewide impacts, the Steering Committee will provide a consistent approach to the management of the project while ensuring transparency.

The Steering Committee will act as overarching governance of the project to ensure the end product is fit for purpose. The purpose of this document is to define the roles and responsibilities of the Steering Committee for MHA2016 eLearning review.

  • Provide guidance, expertise and oversight to ensure successful implementation of the project,
  • Establish links with key stakeholders (as identified by the project team) and consult appropriately within their Hospital and Health Service and Networks,
  • Facilitate the provision of feedback on project documentation as required, recognising project time constraints,
  • Members should expect to commit a minimum of 2–4 hours per quarter for pre-reading and attendance at meetings, and
  • Comply with privacy and conflict of interest processes of Queensland Health.

Membership for the committee will be comprised of Administrator representatives from across the state, one carer representative, one consumer representative, an independent patient rights adviser, a technical expert from the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and representatives from the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

Terms of reference for the steering committee can be located here.

Role of the consumer

The project team intend to co-design the education package with consumers, carers, authorised doctors, authorised mental health practitioners and other front-line staff in order to ensure the education package is fit for purpose and inclusive.

The role of the successful applicants (one carer and one consumer) will be to attend all Steering Committee meetings and to actively participate in all Steering Committee activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice. The role of the Steering Committee members will be to act as overarching governance of the project, assist in decision making and lend their expertise to ensure the successful completion and implementation of the project.

Content development and review will be subject to a separate broad consultation via the development of working groups with key stakeholders both internal and external, development of a consumer and carer community of interest (a separate EOI for this group can be found here on the HCQ website) and ad hoc consultation with other groups as required.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer or carer representative with at least 6 months’ committee experience, either at the Hospital and Health Service, or Statewide level. The consumer and / or carer should have a lived experience of mental health wherein they have had interactions with the Mental Health Act 2016 and authorised mental health services (inpatient or community).

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 (the Act)
  • 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 Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) strives to improve outcomes and promote recovery for, and rights of, consumers with substance use disorders and other mental health 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 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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