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National safety priorities in mental health: a national plan for reducing harm

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Country Resources Mental Health Strategies and Plans Australia 2005 Guidelines community services, human rights, mental health facility

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The goal of this Plan is to identify, avoid, or reduce, actual or potential harm from mental health care delivery in all environments in which it is delivered. This goal is adapted from the National Health Performance Framework definition of a safe health care system. It encompasses the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008 definition of safety as minimising
the potential harm from mental health care.

The purpose of this Plan is to provide national direction in identifying, avoiding and reducing harm across all environments in which care of people with mental health disorders is provided. Primarily it aims to provide guidance for achieving safer mental health services. The Plan also identifies the importance of an underlying information infrastructure critical to safety and quality improvement.

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