South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

PACER – Police, Ambulance, Clinical, Early, Response team 

PACER is a Police and MHS response activated by Police, targeting peak demand times, offering on-scene and telephone assistance in the community. The pilot is implemented within the St George (STG) MHS.
PACER incorporates:

  • A MH Clinician as a secondary response.
  • Assessment in the community at time of crisis.
  • Real time social and clinical information.
PACER provides person-centred trauma informed care, reducing Emergency Department (ED) presentations, increasing out of hospital referral capabilities.

Evaluation demonstrates:

  • Cross-agency and informed response to people experiencing MH crisis.
  • Avoidance of ED presentations.
  • Early links to community and welfare services.
  • Provision of alternate pathways to care.
  • Early de-escalation, avoiding coercive measures.
  • Reductions in ED presentations via Police and Ambulance.
  • Reduced demand on agencies including Police time on scene
Page Updated: Thursday 29 August 2019
Contact page owner: NSW Ministry of Health