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Mental Health and AOD Education Month – Week 1

January 31, 2022

Mental Health and AOD Education Month – Week 1

Kicking off our five week program of promotion, education and training, this week our topic is What To Know Under The Mental Health Act 2014.

This week is all about understanding where and how the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) applies to patients in your care, particularly its impacts to consent. In the Emergency Department, you will come across patients being assessed or treated on a Compulsory Order under the Act. The Act also sets out patient rights and safeguards that you may need to communicate to patients and their support persons. Upholding patient rights supports our best practice principles of ED patient care.

Please take a moment to view this short video presentation from Dr Gary Ayton, Director of ED at Sunshine Hospital, with the first of our series of key messages this week.  Dr Gary Ayton discusses Assessment Orders and s351 of the Mental Health Act 2014.

Please click this link to access the video.

Staff References

In relation to What To Know Under The Mental Health Act, ED Leadership would like to direct your attention to these tools and resources:

  • Consultation Liaison (CL) Psychiatry and Emergency Mental Health (EMH) Service. Refer to this procedure for an overview of the specialist services that support mental health care in our EDs, and how to access these. Services include EMH at Sunshine, and ECATT at Footscray.
  • This week’s topic ties closely with Module 1 – Introduction to Mental Health – Legal and Ethical Frameworks from the Foundations of Emergency Department Mental Health Care Training Package. Estimated completion time: 20 minutes.

Tip: Search “Foundations” in WeLearns courses catalogue.

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You’ll find these links collected on the The Mental Health and AOD Education and Support page on unitED for your future reference. Look out for updates to this page each week of Mental Health and AOD Education Month.

Thursday Webinar

This week’s webinar panel includes Malcolm Valdez, Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) with Northwestern Mental Health.

This webinar is open to all ED staff and volunteers. A Q&A segment will follow the presentation. This webinar will be recorded.

Please see the details below to join the webinar at 2:00pm this Thursday, February 3rd:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Meeting ID: 991 5723 7795

Passcode: 127924

– Be safe – be smart – be kind, the unitED Team –

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