This is the second Annual Report of the Office of the Director of Mental Health and reflects the ongoing emphasis on transparency, accountability and trust in government and its agencies. Mental health care, in particular compulsory care, is often the subject of public concern and this annual report will help explain such issues.
The report comprises three sections. Section 1 provides an overview of the legislative and service delivery contexts in which the Office operates. Section 2 describes the work carried out by the Office in 2006 and Section 3 provides statistical information.
The Annual Report is a work in progress. Key additions to the 2006 report are:
- the inclusion of seclusion statistics
- the reporting of alcohol and other drug services subset of opioid treatment services
- the collection and publication of annual data on the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
- the inclusion of flowcharts to clarify the legislative and clinical steps involved in reviewing patients, special patients and restricted patients