Australasian College for Emergency Medicine on the Government’s response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
Please attribute to Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President-Elect Dr John Bonning
• ACEM notes the Government’s response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry report.
• Improving mental health care is critical. When services are inadequate, patients with acute mental and behavioural
conditions present to the emergency department.
• Specialist emergency physicians and emergency department staff will always provide quality care for these patients in
a timely manner and with the greatest chance of positive outcomes.
• However, caring for these patients in this environment is not ideal, as our report
, released on Monday, highlights.
• With the investment in new services, the Government needs to increase the availability to both office-hours and in
particular after hours mental health servicesto ensure that there are alternatives to emergency departments for people
experiencing a mental health crisis.
• We look forward to meeting with government, and key people and organisations in the NZ health system, in Wellington on
June 7 at our Mental Health in the Emergency Department Summit to explore current models of care and changes needed to improve the delivery of timely, safe quality care.
On Monday, May 27 ACEM released its mental health services report, and outlined a number of policy and resource measures
to address this issue. Read more on the ACEM website
ACEM is the peak body for emergency medicine in New Zealand, responsible for training emergency physicians and
advancement of professional standards. www.acem.org.au