Authors: Dr Katherine Gill & Kathleen Schelling
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: An innovative approach to the implementation of Trauma Informed Care and Practice in NSW.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In 2016 the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Mental Health Network prioritised the implementation of Trauma Informed Care & Practice (TICP) in NSW mental health services. Trauma is highly prevalent in people using mental health services , has a relationship with the development of mental health conditions and adversely affects the response to care, treatment, service delivery and personal recovery,[2,3] leading to the decision that the implementation of TICP using an innovative approach is a network and system priority. An Expert Working Group was established bringing together people with a lived experience of mental illness, people with a lived experience of trauma and practitioners with expertise in the field to conduct a codesign project to approach the formulation of evidence based strategies to implement TICP. The overall approach to the problem will be outlined and results from the diagnostic will be presented. The diagnostic included a broad state-wide survey, focus groups with consumers and the mental health workforce, interviews with clinical and operational leads and analysis of current data. The TICP project seeks to achieve the development of implementable strategies and solutions that will be evaluated to understand what works and the effects on consumer, workforce and system outcomes.