Improving service integration & patient outcomes
Conference Date
12th & 13th February 2019
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Boosting access to timely mental health care

Although mental health accounted for only 4% of emergency department presentations, they made up 28% of those experiencing access block

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

Primary Health Networks with responsibilities for:

  • 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