Dr Murray Wright - Looking After Yourself
Mental Health will provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.
The Mental Health Community of Practice will be multidisciplinary and include representation from all districts and networks. It will enable clinicians and clinical managers in mental health from all districts and networks to provide expert advice and guidance to the system, and to escalate matters that require a statewide or system response.
The aim of these sessions is to:
Issues, concerns or advice in relation to the mental health COVID-19 response can be notified to the Mental Health Community of Practice at
Mental Health will escalate issues raised by the Mental Health Community of Practice to Strategic Reform and Planning.
Collated issues/advice will be escalated by Ms Willcox through to the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) and/or the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) as appropriate.
PHEOC and SHEOC responses will be provided to Strategic Reform and Planning and then to the community of practice secretariat(s).
Weekly community of practice updates will be provided to NSW Health Chief Executives.
Each community of practice will have a clinical lead appointed by Deb Willcox, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning.
The clinical leads will:
The Mental Health Community of Practice is reliant on the open communication and sharing of information across the system and therefore supports in principle:
The Mental Health Community of Practice is not a group which is able to endorse statewide changes or make decisions that impact a unit or system or allocate funding to recommendations.
The Mental Health Community of Practice is not a group which is able to make decisions in relation to operational matters within a district or network. Operational matters that require escalation should be directed through district or network governance processes.
This Mental Health Community of Practice is open to mental health directors and clinical directors (or their delegates). At a minimum it will include representation from all districts and networks. However, membership may be extended and changed as required.
If you would like to contact the Mental Health community of practice please reach out to your mental health director or clinical director and then send your query to
Fortnightly on a Wednesday, 12pm-2pm using Skype for Business. Skype for Business details will be attached to the calendar invite.