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Dhulwa had:

14 Separations

99 Seclusion episodes

o This included one person who had 58 seclusion episodes, one with 15 episodes, another with 12 episodes and one with 5 episodes

The person who had 99 seclusion episodes in AMHU also had 58 episodes after transfer to Dhulwa. That is 157 Seclusion episodes for one client out of 381 episodes in total (41%).

The person who was subject to 16 seclusion episodes in AMHU also had 5 seclusion episodes in Dhulwa for a total of 21 episodes.

(2) The reasons were not discussed in more detail in the Annual Report as the cohort of people admitted to these units under these circumstances is small, as such there is always a potential for a breach in confidentiality in such a small jurisdiction.

Mental health—communications
(Question No 2856)

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

(1) Since 1 October 2018, what information on mental health has the Strategic Communication Team delivered to the community.

(2) What communications media were used.

(3) When was the information communicated.

(4) What feedback did the team get.

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

(1) Communication efforts have been focused on ensuring Canberrans have access to information about how to look after their mental health and where to get to help and support if they, or someone they know needs it.

Communication activities have highlighted the work of the mental health teams and organisations across Canberra, as well as an emphasis placed on sharing the ‘voice of lived experience’ through local members of the Canberra community. This includes communication relating to:

Mental health related annual awareness days, weeks and months (R U OK? Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, Mental Health Month)

Implementation of LifeSpan across the ACT

The work of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Community engagement and consultation activities

Mental health related community events

ACT Government initiatives and other general health and wellbeing messaging during seasonal periods such as Winter and Summer.

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