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Carer Documents

These documents are available to download and print, please click on the title.

Nomination of Primary Carer Form Under the Health Act, NSW Health has developed a ‘Nomination of Primary Carer Form’ for consumers to fill out nominating their preferred carer. This should facilitate the sharing of information between carers & treating teams. The Act provides special rights to consultation, information & participation to identified ‘primary carers’ in a number of places in the Act including: • to be advised of specific incidents treatment • to receive information about medication • to be consulted & advised about treatment generally & particularly in regard to any proposed discharge of a consumer from a mental health facility. So long as the status of Primary Carer remains in place, carers should be entitled to exercise all of these rights.
  
Carer Recognition Act The Carer Recognition Act 2010 came into effect on 18 November 2010. The Act establishes who is a carer, contains a Statement for Australia’s Carers and sets up reporting and consultation arrangements for certain public service agencies.
  
Carer Self Assessment Tool Carers of the people with mental health issues often do not recognise their role as carers. “I’m just his mum”, “his friend”, “her sister” are common statements. This exercise may assist families and friends to clarify what help, information or support they may need, what they are already doing, and if they too are carers.
  
Wellness Contract The following contract may be used as a guide for both the carer and consumer to undertake together to maintain the mental health of the consumer and facilitate a rapid response and recovery if necessary.
  
Mental Health Rights Manual - 3rd Edition 2011 The NSW Mental Health Rights Manual (3rd edition) is a greatly expanded 'new look' online guide to the legal and human rights for people with a mental illness in NSW. This edition incorporates the latest legislative reform and government directives, and will ensure ongoing access to current legal information for anyone in contact with the mental health and criminal justice systems.
  
Carer Rights & Responsibilities This statement acknowledges the capabilities of non-professional carers and advocates. It recognises the contribution they make to the support and care of people with mental health problems and mental disorders.
  
Charter for Mental Health in NSW The Charter for Mental Health Care in NSW outlines the way in which a person can reasonably expect mental health services to be delivered in NSW.
  
Making a Complaint There are a number of ways you can submit compliments or complaints to the Central Coast Local Health District. They can be written or verbal. Click on this link to see the option that best suits your purpose.
  
Policy Directive for the transfer of care from Mental Health Inpatient Services The policy and procedures set out a safe and appropriate approach to the care of mental health consumers transferring between inpatient settings, and from inpatient settings to the community. However, as in any clinical situation, there may be factors which cannot be covered by a single set of procedures. This document provides direction and guidance but it does not replace the need to exercise clinical judgement for each presentation and recognition of the current workplace environment.
  

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