With its soaring costs, Australia’s computer system for administering mental health care has become an increasingly neglected part of society.
Key points:The Australian Health Performance Office has found that computer systems are falling apart in some states and there is a shortage of staffIn the case of Queensland, the system was “at least in part, a function of the health system’s own failings”The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is investigating how the system could be failing in VictoriaThe ABS report said the Queensland system was the worst case scenario, with “significant and systemic weaknesses”The problems stem from “a lack of adequate training” in the state, the report found.
Key Points:ABS data shows that more than one in three Australians use a computer for mental health support and careThe ABS said the system had been a “critical component of the Queensland health system”Since 2006, the Queensland Health and Medical Services (QHMS) has been the state’s mental health provider.
It’s been using the system to administer mental health services since 2007.
The health and social services minister, David Elliott, said the “systemic weaknesses” in QHMS’ system meant it was “entirely appropriate” to examine the system.”QHms systems are the backbone of Queensland’s mental healthcare system and the quality of care is a key component of its overall performance,” he said.
“The Queensland Health Performance Standards Framework outlines a set of critical safety and security measures that are in place to ensure QHms health system is secure, reliable and effective.”
In a statement, Mr Elliott said that “while the Queensland Government is responsible for oversight of the system, it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that QHs systems are in a safe and effective condition.”
“The Government will continue to review and review the system’s performance to ensure it is performing at its best and is providing a safe, reliable, and effective environment for the people who need to access the system,” he added.
“In the absence of such improvements, the NSW and ACT are recommending that the State Government implement measures to strengthen the Queensland systems and ensure it maintains its leading position in the health and mental health sector.”
In Queensland, there is currently a shortage in mental health workers in the system due to a lack of staff.
The state government is currently investigating the health care system’s future.
Topics:health,mental-health,health-policy,australiaFirst posted April 30, 2019 19:35:48Contact Melissa AllenMore stories from Australia