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Roundtable on the mental health of people with intellectual disability (2018) were part of the impetus for this work and provided a framework to explore issues.

(d) A position paper, identifying gaps, issues, priorities and recommended action is being drafted and a further round of consultation with stakeholders on the draft position paper will be required before it is finalised. Draft recommendations are consistent with recommendations outlined in the National Roundtable:

i. more inclusive health services for people with disability in primary care and mental health services;

ii. development of approaches that prevent or respond early to mental health concerns with information that is accessible for people and their families;

iii. an adequately skilled workforce to identify and respond appropriately to signs of mental ill health in people with intellectual disability;

iv. adequate specialist services for those requiring a more skilled response and to promote expertise in mainstream services; and

v. development of collaborative, interagency approaches that bring together expertise in mental health and disability and can address multiple disadvantage.

Specific themes that emerged from the ACT consultation workshops include:

i. developing the capacity of services to identify mental health issues and respond effectively to people with intellectual disability, including those on the autism spectrum and developing the capacity of carers and family members to manage behaviours of concern;

ii. identifying relevant and accessible programs and services and the referral and communication pathways to promote integration;

iii. identifying gaps in services available and promoting equitable access; and

iv. establishing multi-agency approaches to working with people presenting with behaviours of concern.

(e) The ACT Health Directorate has already sought to progress initiatives emerging from this work through participation in complementary strategic work such as the Disability Justice Strategy. There are likely to be further developments and recommendations following the final Report from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability which will not provide an interim report until October 2020. Recognising this, a strategic action plan will be included as a recommendation of the position paper which will be able to incorporate responses to findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission as they are released.

Mental health—nurse training
(Question No 2850)

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

(1) Has the work health and safety strategy for mental health nurses, developed under the document, “Nurses and midwives: towards a safer culture – the first step”, been implemented fully; if no (a) why, (b) when will it be and (c) what elements remain to be implemented.

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