ASMOF Feedback on the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (‘JH&FMHN’) Strategic Plan 2018 -2022

02-Jun-2017

 

 

Following recent consultation with our members, ASMOF provided comments and feedback on the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (‘JH&FMHN’) Strategic Plan 2018 -2022.

The four objectives/directions of the Strategic Plan are to:
  1. Provide a values- based, quality model of care
  2. Engage with the community and key stakeholders through strong partnerships
  3. Attract, grow, and retain a talented workforce and foster a safe working environment
  4. Position our organisation to effectively operate in a changing environment.

ASMOF sought and received feedback from members working in JH&FMHN as well as psychiatrists employed in community mental health services.

Overall, ASMOF members did not take issue with the Strategic Plan per se and several supported the concept.

However, members employed in community health services indicated that community mental health psychiatrists already have overwhelming caseloads and are struggling to meet current demand. Significant concerns were raised about the capacity of community mental health services to treat forensic patients discharged to the community at a time when the medical workforce is already incredibly stretched. In a similar vein, members employed at Justice Health reported having unsustainable workloads.

A range of other comments, suggestions and concerns were also raised. ASMOF has called for our members’ concerns to be addressed and considered as part of the development of the Strategic Plan.

A copy of the cover letter and de-identified feedback is available here:

Cover letter and feedback (1) Cover letter and feedback (1) (781 KB)


Cover letter and feedback (2) Cover letter and feedback (2) (73 KB)


Please contact Hanna Schutz or Bob Morgan should you wish to discuss.