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Annual Report 2010-2011 NT Community Visitor Program

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Annual Report 2010-2011 NT Community Visitor Program

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Tabled paper 1572

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Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2011-10-27

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Deemed paper

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/280803

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/415571

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Community Visitor Program Annual Report 2010/2011 Page 58 May 2007 Community Visitors Panel Visit 7. It is recommended that the Mental Health Service ensure that Interpreters are present at assessment for all consumers whose first language is not English. 8. It is further recommended that Interpreter assistance is then arranged for all further assessments and to assist the consumer at any hearing before the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Progress The Darwin community visitors panel reported that a review of case notes showed that consumers from remote Indigenous communities did not have their language needs assessed on admission and use of interpreters was inadequate. There has been progress - interpreters are used at times, and are being used regularly during ward rounds with Indigenous patients from remote areas. There have been indications that one barrier to using interpreters is their availability. It was proposed that a small project be undertaken to identify the factors that interfere with access to interpreters, however in May 2011 the panel reported that this project had not progressed. 9. It is recommended that if a consumer must be transported to an approved treatment facility by police, then all efforts are made to transport the consumer in the car rather than in the cage of the vehicle. Progress The CVP has been informed that the proposed formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NT Mental Health Services and NT Police will be replaced by a formal protocol. It is now three years since the CVP was involved in the initial negotiations between Mental Health Services and Police. The protocol has still not been signed off. The panel is aware of significant improvements in the way people are transported to hospital. They will be pleased to close this recommendation once formal agreement between NT Police and NT Mental Health Services has been reached. November 2007 Community Visitors Panel Visit 10. It is recommended that for those under 18 admissions to the inpatient unit that are unavoidable, TEMHS develop with urgency a comprehensive framework for a youth friendly inpatient service which also ensures youth under 18 have access to expert assessment and management. Progress In the report of its visit in May 2011, the Darwin community visitors panel stated that it appears that a youth friendly framework has been put on hold until the new five bed unit is open. A male youth worker has been employed in Cowdy ward, with an evolving role. The panel described the High Dependency Unit (HDU) area where


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