S43: Supporting Implementation and Evaluation. Chief Psychiatrist Guidelines Working Together with Families and Carers.

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Authors: Frances Sanders

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Supporting Implementation and Evaluation. Chief Psychiatrist Guidelines Working Together with Families and Carers.

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Frances Sanders is the Senior Carer Adviser with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in Victoria. Prior to this she has worked as a senior executive leading business development, strategy and operations in the NDIS, mental health, eating disorder and employment sectors since 1995.

The new Victorian Chief Psychiatrist Guidelines for working together with families and carers was delivered alongside an implementation and evaluation strategy to support services to comply with best practice. Contemporary understanding of recovery based approaches highlight the need to work with an individual in the context of their support community. In addition, there is a growing understanding of the impacts of caring on an individuals health, well being and resilience. This paper explores rationale, outputs and success of initiatives that were developed to support practice in 4 main domains that have been identified as critical to supporting resilience and hope for families and carers. these include identifying and engaging families in planning, development of processes and practices for information sharing, privacy and confidentiality; supporting families, carers and children with their own individual needs and engaging families and carers in organisational governance. Implementation was co designed with engagement and collaboration between the office of the chief psychiatrist, carers, carer peer workers, senior clinical leaders and consumers to gather a deep understanding of the barriers and enablers to better support families, carers and children in routine practice.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: This paper will provide the audience with an understanding of the 4 domains identified as critical for improving outcomes for families, carers and children; and practical implementation strategies
Learning Objective 2: For services, working with families, carers, children and the individuals broader support community is critical to enabling recovery.

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