Authors: Sadie Robertson, NSW, Eli Rafalowicz, SA, Taryn Johns and Kevin Kellehear, NSW .
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The acute psychiatric wards in our hospitals are often full to bursting with people being admitted and treated, frequently against their will. The observed scene in the ward is often one of patients sitting individually and not interacting with staff or each other. Patients report having nothing to do and complain about the lack of activity. The care appears mainly custodial relying heavily on medication to effect positive changes. Is this the right way to treat people in terms of their ultimate recovery? Why do we no longer use occupation or psycho-social interventions in conjunction with the medication to provide better quality of care and treatment? Is it a staffing issue or is it due to a culture that has developed, and is it the way we think it should continue? In this symposium, we will challenge these questions, examine the evidence and propose alternative approaches.