Clinical Review Program
The clinical review program is a series of peer reviews that examine clinical practice in public mental health services from the perspective of compliance with legislation and standards, including the National standards for mental health services (2010).
Between 1997 and 2003 the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) undertook a statewide program of 27 clinical reviews of public mental health services under the auspices of the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC). The QAC is now undertaking a second round of reviews, using a revised methodology in order to ensure that feedback can be provided to clinical services more promptly.
A suite of audit tools has been developed to enable panels to systematically review triage, community case management and seclusion and restraint practices in mental health services.
In order to disseminate the learning from clinical reviews more broadly for quality improvement purposes, the Chief Psychiatrist will from time to time publish de-identified thematic summaries outlining the consolidated learning from a number of clinical reviews.
Further information about the clinical review program can be found in The Clinical Review Program. Manual for review panels (2011) (PDF file, 450KB).