A growing number of mental health presentations to emergency departments has placed increased pressure on under resourced hospitals to meet the needs of patients in times of crisis. A shortage of community mental health services and chronic underfunding for emergency mental health are contributing to high wait times for mental health presentations across the country.
In response, the Mental Health Access & Quality in Emergency Departments conference will unpack strategies for emergency departments and hospitals to:
- Reduce wait times for mental health consumers
- Boost interdisciplinary collaboration between mental health and emergency
- Improve coordination and integration with primary health, police and ambulance to reduce emergency presentations
- Explore new models of care to drive better patient outcomes
- Link patients with community based services to streamline patient discharge and follow up care
Who will attend?
Hospital representatives with job titles of:
- Director of Emergency
- Director of Nursing
- Emergency Physician/Consultant/Staff Specialist
- Emergency Psychiatry /Mental Health/ Mental Health Liaison
- Nurse Unit Manager
- Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist
- Patient Flow & Nurse Navigator
- Commissioning/ Service Design
- Mental Health
Attend to learn:
- Improve models of care to achieve better patient outcomes
- Explore hospital avoidance strategies to reduce unnecessary emergency department presentations
- Streamline patient discharge, coordination with primary health & follow up care
- Enhance emergency department design to support the wellbeing of patients
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Redesigning emergency departments to support patients in acute care settings
- The interaction of PHN primary care & hospital based services
- Mental Health Triage & Assessment Centre – an integrated Emergency Department avoidance service
- POLICE & AMBULANCE SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION: Improving interagency collaboration between emergency services & hospitals
Bellevue Hospital, USA
Dr. Abigail Dahan, MD, FAPA, has been a staff psychiatrist at the world renowned Bellevue Hospital’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) in New York City for the past eight years and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. In this capacity, she has evaluated and treated thousands of patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies and has supervised more than a hundred psychiatry residents. Dr. Dahan has authored textbook chapters on “Psychosis in the Emergency Department” and “Evaluating Violence Risk in Psychotic Disorders” and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the fields of both Adult and Forensic Psychiatry.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Tim is Associate Professor in mental health nursing with the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District. Tim is also a nurse practitioner in mental health liaison, in the Emergency Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Tim’s research interests have centred in the role of the mental health liaison nurse in the Emergency setting and the emerging role of the nurse practitioner. He has published numerous research articles, discussion papers and literature reviews in peer reviewed journals covering a variety of topics such as mental health law, risk assessment and management, aggression management, mental health promotion and solution focused therapy.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Beaver Hudson is the Director of Nursing at the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District in NSW. Beaver has a strong clinical background in Emergency and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He commenced his Nursing career in 1981 in London where he gained his first Nursing qualification as a Registered Nurse (RMN), and then later went on to train as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.
His practice and experience has been broad and has included public and private Acute inpatient and community, Drug and Alcohol and Palliative care but his passion has always been in Acute Psychiatry. As a clinical Nurse Consultant at St Vincent’s hospital Sydney, he was the clinical lead in the Development of emergency psychiatry services. While on secondment to NSW Health in 2002, he and Greg Carter, then Chief Psychiatrist proposed the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre model that is now an integrated element of mental Health care service delivery.
Wentwest, Western Sydney Primary Health Network
William (Bill) Campos is an experienced Clinical and Child Psychologist. He has worked in various settings including non-government sector, education, correctional services and private practice. Bill is presently the Head of Mental Health services at WentWest – the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. The Mental Health team is responsible for the commissioning and delivery of a number of Mental Health Services and programs, including Partners in Recovery, ATAPS, MHNIP and Recovery College, with numerous, support staff, educators and mental health professionals delivering services in the Western Sydney Region.
Bill presently sits as a board member of the Family Drug Support and previously Helplines Australia. He is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society and member of the College of Clinical Psychologists at the APS.
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What People Are Saying
“Excellent well run conference, focused on the daily challenges faced in every hospital.”Director of Emergency Department, Mackay Base Hospital
Date: 31 Oct 2018 By: Ash Natesh
In 2014-2015, NSW Police and Ambulance transported 60% of mental health consumers who called Triple Zero in HNELHD. Of the ones who were transported, 46% of the patients were not admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre or Emergency Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital. People who are not admitted appropriately are often left to …
Date: 8 Jan 2017 By: Edward Pink
QEII Jubilee Hospital is an urban district hospital on the South side of Brisbane with 181 inpatient beds. In October 2013, we opened a new, larger Emergency Department, but with no increase in inpatient beds. Over the next 3 years, attendances rose from a relatively consistent 37,000 patients per annum to 56,000, putting considerable strain …
Date: 5 Dec 2016 By: Lauren Perry
The crisis known as ‘thunderstorm asthma’, which hit Melbourne’s metropolitan region on 21st November, caused the equivalent of a full day’s workload for emergency services in the space of just a few hours. Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital was forced to set up a secondary emergency admissions unit in their day procedures area, and some private …
Date: 4 Dec 2016 By: John Burgher, Marketing Director, Criterion Conferences
Emergency departments from across Australia are continuing to struggle to meet increased demand and alleviate hospital congestion. Hospitals must now look past NEAT and drive sustainable improvements to support quality, patient centred care. The 2016 national conference showcased how emergency departments can drive sustainable change to improve the delivery of emergency medicine within Australia’s hospitals. Did you miss out on …
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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia.
It seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.