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Australas Psychiatry. 2017 Jun;25(3):262-265. doi: 10.1177/1039856216689655. Epub 2017 Jan 31.

The Mental Health Acute Assessment Team: a collaborative approach to treating mental health patients in the community.

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1
Manager, Clinical Project Evaluation, NSW Ambulance, Rozelle, NSW, Australia.
2
Director, Mental Health, NSW Ambulance, Rozelle, NSW, Australia.
3
Research officer, Protocols, NSW Ambulance, Rozelle, NSW, Australia.
4
Director, Mental Health Services, Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Many models of community-based mental health crisis teams have been reported. We present our experience of an outreach team made up of a paramedic and mental health nurse.

METHODS:

A proof-of-concept was conducted in Western Sydney. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients where the team were able to facilitate the most appropriate care.

RESULTS:

Nearly 70% of patients were able to be treated outside the Emergency Department, with about two-thirds being transported directly to a mental health facility.

CONCLUSION:

We have demonstrated that our model of care is successful in enabling appropriate physical and mental health care for patients suffering an acute mental health crisis.

KEYWORDS:

ambulance; community care; mental health; multi-disciplinary teams

PMID:
28135805
DOI:
10.1177/1039856216689655

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