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Supporting the vulnerable: developing a strategic community mental health response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors
  • Thomson, Sumana1, 2
  • Doan, Trung
  • Liu, Dennis1, 2
  • Schubert, Klaus Oliver1, 3
  • Toh, Julian
  • Boyd, Mark A1, 4
  • Galletly, Cherrie1, 5, 6
  • 1 Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Australia
  • 2 Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 3 f Adelaide, Australia
  • 4 Infectious Disease Medicine, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 5 Medical Specialties, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 6 Ramsay Health Care (SA) Mental Health Services, Australia
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australasian Psychiatry
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Jul 30, 2020
Volume
28
Issue
5
Pages
492–499
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1039856220944701
PMID: 32729320
PMCID: PMC7394039
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Covid-19
License
Green

Abstract

Objectives: The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant risks to the vulnerable patient population supported by community mental health (CMH) teams in South Australia. This paper describes a plan developed to understand and mitigate these risks. Methods: Public health and psychiatric literature was reviewed and clinicians in CMH teams and infectious disease were consulted. Key risks posed by COVID-19 to CMH patients were identified and mitigation plans were prepared. Results: A public health response plan for CMH teams was developed to support vulnerable individuals and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan will be reviewed regularly to respond to changes in public health recommendations, research findings and feedback from patients and clinicians. Conclusions: The strategic response plan developed to address risks to vulnerable patients from COVID-19 can assist other CMH services in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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