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(1) ACT Health Directorate (ACTHD) has undertaken a mapping exercise to identify the services for youth in relation to mental health and wellbeing. This work has informed the review of children and young people within the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing. The findings of this review including recommendations to support children and young people will be made available early 2020.

(2) ACTHD in partnership with the Education Directorate developed a Mental Health Programs, Services, and Referral Pathways for Children and Young People in the ACT. This document was designed to assist ACT Schools understand the referral pathways for children in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. This document is currently not available for the public at this point in time as it was designed to support the school wellbeing teams.

(3) The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing is currently undertaking a project to develop an online youth navigation portal that will support young people and their families to navigate the mental health services available. This was a recommendation from the Youth Advisory Council in 2018. This project received Commonwealth funding, and it’s in the early project planning stage.

Mental health—resources
(Question No 2848)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) In the context of significant increases in emergency apprehensions, ED3 emergency detentions, and ED11 extensions during 2014-15 to 2018-19, what have been the percentage increases in mental health infrastructure and resources, including human resources, to meet the increased demand over that five-year period.

(2) If infrastructure and resourcing has increased, why is it still operating near, at, or over capacity.

(3) What innovative care strategies is the Government considering for future mental health treatment and care.

(4) Why has the Government allowed the situation to develop that moves the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists to issue a public warning (reference Canberra Times 6 November 2019) that the ACT’s mental health system is “moving closer and closer to crisis point”.

(5) Are mental health staff regularly denied annual and study leave; if so, why.

(6) What strategies are in place to actively promote and facilitate mental health staff achieving a good work-life balance; if none, why.

(7) What problems has the College drawn to the Government’s attention in the past three years and what has the Government done to address them.

(8) What is the Government doing to alleviate what the College describes as a “disengagement between administrators and the realities of clinical service” as well as “excessive regulation which is hindering psychiatrists' ability to do their jobs”.

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