Authors: Gigetta Salamone-Violi, Tim Crowley & Darryl van Vugt, SA
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Access & Assessment
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Boylan Inpatient Service is state-wide and therefore services both the Adelaide metropolitan and country areas. The ward admits the most seriously mentally ill children and young people and is a gazetted hospital therefore taking detained patients under the Mental Health Act. As a result of the complexity of illness young people present with, the ward views its role as being an adjunct to community care and multi-systemic working in collaboration with not only the patient but with a vast range of family and carer participants, community based treatment teams, other health and welfare providers, schools and police ( where applicable). Intervention and follow-up strategies and detailed discharge planning occurs at admission in order to ensure and maintain a high level of, and continuity of, care for patients. The average length of stay for patients admitted to the ward ranges from 2.53-8.36 days and less than 9 % of all patients admitted have a readmission to the ward within 28 days of discharge. In spite of the increasing number of detained patients admitted to the ward, critical incident reports and the use of seclusion remain relatively low.