The role of the Chief Psychiatrist
The Chief Psychiatrist works closely with the Director Mental Health Operations and Regional Mental Health Directorates to implement and evaluate the continuous improvement of mental health services.
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.
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 Chief Psychiatrist reports to the Executive Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse within SA Health.
Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health Policy
To support the Chief Psychiatrist in that role, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health Policy 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.
If you need further information you can contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health Policy:
- general: (08) 8226 6235 — general
- orders and notifications under the Act fax: (08) 8115 5551