In response to the Chief Psychiatrist’s Review of the Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service, SA Health has established an oversight committee to inform the implementation of the review recommendations, all of which were accepted by the SA Government. The committee will report to the Chief Executive of SA Health and includes representatives from the Health Consumers Alliance; Aged Rights Advocacy Service; Council of the Ageing SA; Office of the Public Advocate; and the Community Visitor Scheme. The committee will be time-limited. Work groups will be established to address the six recommendations of the review with the priority being the development of the state-wide model of care. The review team made six sets of recommendations covering: models of care; staffing; quality and safety; and restrictive practices. Consumers and carers with relevant experience will be recruited to join each of the work groups.

HCA visited the refurbished Northgate House on the weekend with families of Oakden consumers who will move there in the next few weeks. Families felt the facility to be an improvement with good access to sunlight, secure gardens and quiet zones for consumers.