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b) The ACT Plan is being progressed by a Working Group made up of key stakeholders from the mental health sector who have indicated their commitment to the ACT Plan. Part A of the ACT Plan, the Framework, has been finalised.

The priorities for the ACT Plan draw on feedback from stakeholder consultations held in 2018 and were also informed by, and align with, the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Office) vision and priorities, that were identified in codesign workshops with the ACT community in February 2019.

The Framework for the ACT Plan contains seven focus areas:

i. Improved mental health outcomes for everyone;

ii. Services that are responsive and integrated;

iii. A highly skilled and sustainable mental health workforce;

iv. Early intervention in life, illness and episode;

v. Whole of person care;

vi. Reduced self-harm and increased suicide prevention; and

vii. Improving the social and economic conditions of people’s lives.

These focus areas are accompanied by recommended areas for action.

Part B, the Implementation Plan and Part C, the Performance and Monitoring Framework are currently being developed through the Working Group and targeted consultation on these aspects of the plan are currently underway.

Mental health—seclusion data
(Question No 2855)

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

(1) What are the “complex” (reference Canberra Health Services annual report 2018-19, p 22) reasons for and to what extent does the inclusion of data from the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit impact on, the rate of 17 percent for seclusion episodes compared to the target of less than 5 percent.

(2) Why were these reasons not discussed more fully in the annual report.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A number of people with severe mental illness and associated high level challenging behaviours were managed in the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) and Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (Dhulwa) during the 2018-19 reporting period. A small proportion of these people have required long term admissions. Additionally, some of these people have been subject to multiple episodes of seclusion due to the intensity of their presentations and the imminent risk posed to themselves, others and staff. A number of these people have transferred between AMHU and Dhulwa impacting the recorded seclusion episodes across both units.

In 2018-19:

AMHU had

960 Separations

247 Seclusion episodes

o This included one person who had 99 seclusion episodes, another with 16 episodes, and two with 7 episodes each.

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