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Office of the Chief Psychiatrist

The position of Chief Psychiatrist in South Australia is established under the Mental Health Act 2009, which came into force on 1 July 2010.

The role of the Chief Psychiatrist is to:

  • safeguard the rights of individuals
  • improve service delivery
  • guide the administration of the Act
  • monitor standards and services.

Dr Aaron Groves is the current Chief Psychiatrist and reports directly to the Chief Executive, SA Health.

What the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist does

To support the Chief Psychiatrist in that role, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has been created to manage:

  • the administration of the Act
  • legislation and policy
  • reporting and advice
  • safety and quality
  • standards and guidelines
  • use of orders and cross-border arrangements.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist:

PO Box 287, 
Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: (08) 8226 1091
Email: healthocp@sa.gov.au
Facsimile: (08) 8226 6235 (general)

For Mental Health Act 2009 treatment orders only:

Email: HealthOCPMHLO@sa.gov.au
Facsimile: (08) 8115 5551

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