Workshops helping staff deal with violent patients

Taking part in the workshop on the management of patients with Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance are clinical nurse consultant with the Western NSW Local Health District’s Mental Health Emergency Care program Martin Davis, Dubbo Hospital s director of critical care Associate Professor Randall Greenberg, NSW Ambulance station officer at Orange Melissa Parker, mental health liaison officer with the Orana Local Area Command Inspector Dan Skelly, the NSW Ministry of Health’s principal policy adviser on emergency departments Sarah Hoy, and medical director of the Emergency Care Institute within the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Associate Professor Sally McCarthy. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEEMERGENCY services deliver “at least” one person with Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance (ASBD) to Dubbo Hospital’s Emergency Department each day, typically in the “dead of night” when fewer staff are on duty.
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Police and ambulance services are “stretched” in caring and transporting people with ASBD, resulting from mental illness and abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially ice.

Western NSW Local Health District spokesman Martin Davis revealed the impact of ASBD on emergency and health services on Wednesday as Dubbo hosted the first of a series of eight workshops planned by the state government for regional NSW.

More than 80 frontline emergency service and health workers from across Western NSW took part in the workshop that aimed to help them better manage and treat ASBD patients.

The workshops seek to encourage greater collaboration between services while building “awareness and understanding on de-escalation techniques, assessment, treatment and referral pathways for patients,” according to Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward.

Ms Goward and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant issued a statement during the workshop at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Mr Grant said the government was responding to community concerns about the “devastating” impact of ice.

“Across NSW, communities are feeling the devastating impacts of ice, but we know each community, particularly rural and regional communities face their own challenges,” he said.

“That is why we are supporting our frontline staff in dealing with this drug.”

The almost five-hour workshop focused on “local issues and local solutions”.

Mr Davis, clinical nurse consultant with the health district’s Mental Health Emergency Care program, said one of the issues up for discussion at the workshop was the length of time it took to transfer an ASBD patient “in a closed ambulance with maybe just two officers” from a rural or remote facility to the likes of Dubbo Hospital.

“The solution appears to be going towards how we can all work more cohesively and together than as separate entities which I dare say we do,” he said.

The workshops “empowering” frontline workers are reported to complement the opening of new stimulant treatment services and the enhancing of non-government organisation community treatment services in regions including Western NSW.

Western NSW residents seeking help, advice or information on ice are being encouraged to call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 422 599, speak with their GP or visiting 梧桐夜网yourroom南京夜网419论坛.

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