Authors: Karen Humphrey and John Strachan, SA
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Acute & Community Service Integration, ACUTE SERVICES IN COMMUNITY / HOSPITAL,CRISIS SERVICES/CRISIS INTERVENTION,DUAL DISORDERS,EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES,PREVENTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: There is currently a full time social work position in the Noarlunga Emergency Department (ED) offering a five-day per week, 9.00am to 5.00pm service. The position has nominally been divided into 0.5FTE Allied Health and 0.5FTE Mental Health, with funding provided by both areas. The mental health component is a new service that encompasses the provision of short-term early intervention counselling sessions, in addition to more traditional social work input for people with a mental health diagnosis. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that the availability of the mental health social worker as a point of referral from ED, and in particular the availability of responsive early intervention counselling has contributed to improved patient care and avoidance of inpatient and short stay ED admissions. This report seeks to evaluate the mental health ED social work role with an associated review of the allied health role to provide contextual understanding.