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BEST PRACTICE

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Policies are for the implementation of Best Practice Models based on best available Evidence. These three components are cross-linked, using the numbering from the conceptual diagram above. The Index is followed by the detailed information for this topic.

BEST PRACTICE INDEX.

BEST PRACTICE for Prevention of Mental Disorders

1. Universal Programs
a. Safety, housing, food, welfare
b.
Family functioning, parenting, pro-social functioning (Human Capital)
c.
Education to potential
d. Reduction of toxic factors
…i. Biological factors
…ii.
Psychological and social factors , including stigma

2. Selective Programs
a. Biological factors
…i. Infant mental health/ Post-natal depression
…ii.
Children with chronic illnesses
…iii.
Children with learning difficulties
b. Psychological factors
…i. Children experiencing grief and loss
…ii.
Children with disruptive behaviours
c. Social factors
…i. Indigenous families
…ii.
Immigrant families
…iii.
Children involved with bullying
…iv.
Child Protection/ out-of-home care

3. Indicated Programs
a. Biological factors
…i. brain injury
…ii.
developmental cognitive impairment eg. Autism
…iii.
drug and alcohol abuse
…iv.
gender dysphoria
b. Psychological factors
…i. children in detention/ asylum seekers
…ii.
Children of Parents with Mental Illness
c. Social factors
…i. Child victims of abuse
…ii.
Juvenile Justice clients

Best Practice for Treatment of Mental Disorders

4. Case Identification
….Case Identification

5. Early Treatment
a.
Universal Health, Welfare and Education Agencies [Tier 1]
b.
Private Practitioners and Community Mental Health Services [Tier 2]
c.
Specialist Mental Health Services [Tier 3]

6. Standard Treatment
a.
Outpatient psychotherapies, medication and procedures
b.
Inpatient psychotherapies, medication and procedures
c.
Ancillary support services

Best Practice for Continuing Care of Persons with Mental Disorders

7. Engagement with ongoing care
a.
Community Mental Health Services
b.
Outreach services

8. Long-term care
a.
Residential services
b.
Occupational and ancillary supports

Best Practice for Mental Health Promotion

9. Mental Health Promotion
a. Community awareness programs
…i. Involvement of consumers and carers
…ii.
Public information campaigns
b. Mental Health consultation to agencies
c. Training