Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service Review

A review of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service was undertaken by the Chief Psychiatrist, an independent statutory officer under s90 of the Mental Health Act 2009.

The Review Report  (PDF 3MB) and the Response to the Review (PDF 171KB) of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service were released on Thursday 20 April 2017.

SA Health Response to the Review Report

SA Health has accepted and will implement all of the recommendations contained within the report. A number of recommendations have already been implemented or are underway following the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network’s own investigations and as a result to an audit conducted by the Commonwealth’s Aged Care Quality Agency in February and March 2017.

These actions have included introducing senior clinical support at Oakden 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the recruitment of a mental health clinical pharmacist; and engaging an additional senior registered nurse to provide additional clinical leadership after hours and on weekends.

Other actions that are already underway or planned include:

  • Developing a state-wide Older Person’s Mental Health Service Model of Care across all Local Health Networks, that aligns with best practice and provides high quality care to older people who live with the most severe forms of disabling mental illness and behavioural and psychosocial symptoms of dementia (BPSD).
  • Decommissioning the Makk and McLeay Nursing Home and transitioning residents to more appropriate services to support their care needs. A range of alternative service options will be discussed with families, including refurbished facilities at Northgate Aged Care Services which will be specially adapted for residents, and other appropriate residential aged care facilities.
  • Residents and their families will be fully consulted to ensure an appropriate placement is identified and a seamless transition can occur.
  • SA Health will develop a longer term service plan for the treatment of older people in South Australia with severe mental illness and severe and extreme BPSD.

SA Health will be writing to all families who had a resident at Makk and McLeay at any time since 2008 to inform them of the review and SA Health’s response to it.

Next steps

Refurbishment works to two buildings at Northgate Aged Care Service will begin shortly to create specially adapted facilities for up to 16 patients currently housed at Makk and McLeay Nursing Home.

Options for transitioning residents include other appropriate residential aged care facilities. Over the coming weeks, SA Health will meet with the families of the residents to discuss the options and preferences for their loved ones.

Clements House on the Oakden campus will remain open in the interim following the closure of Makk and McLeay Nursing Home while longer term options are developed. In the longer term Clements House will close and residents will be transitioned to more appropriate services to support their care needs.

Further information

Families of existing and former patients of Makk and McLeay Nursing Home can contact (08) 7485 4369 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5.00 pm) if they would like to further discuss any issues.

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