Our Summit will set the agenda for policy reform to improve the experiences of people with acute mental and behavioural conditions seeking help from emergency departments across Australia. Our research shows that this group consistently experiences protracted and harmful delays in receiving mental health assessment and care, including inpatient care. These delays undermine patients’ health and recovery, place considerable stress and strain on emergency department teams and waste limited health resources.
These are problems that emergency doctors cannot solve alone; they reflect a sector under great stress and lack of a plan for system-wide development. In response, we are bringing together consumers, clinicians and key decision makers to design and agree on the way to improve health outcomes for this population. Over the day, a select program of speakers and panels will engage with attendees about the experiences of presenting to and working in emergency departments. We will test current models of care and explore the changes needed to improve the delivery of timely, safe quality care. Skilled facilitators will gather insights from these discussions and identify principles for better mental health care in emergency departments and the acute care context.
The Summit is the first step in a longer process of engagement and advocacy.  The day will conclude with a Communique that includes immediate priorities for policy, funding and workforce reforms. In the following six months, together we will develop a Consensus Statement that captures commitments and provides the mandate for systemic actions by governments across Australia. 

For further information about this event contact:
Jo Tyler
Project Coordinator - Events
t (03) 9320 0444
e [email protected]

Media enquiries:
Andre Khoury
Public Affairs Manager
t (03) 8679 8813
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