The Oakden Report documented failures in governance, clinical practice and organisational culture occurring at the Oakden Older Persons' Mental Health Service and drew national attention to the care of older people with complex clinical needs. Responding to the recommendations of the Report, a working group brought together stakeholders to engage in a codesign process involving literature review, gallery walks and focus groups, under the governance of the Oakden Response Oversight Committee.
The working group developed a framework as a blueprint for organisational culture reform built around a central philosophy of compassionate relationship centred care, supported by four priorities: developing a values based workforce, cultivating psychological safety, facilitating excellence in care and providing transparent accountability. The purpose of the framework was to provide a way forward for South Australian older persons' mental health services after The Oakden Report, and it may provide insight into similar processes of codesign and culture change in other service contexts.
The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.
“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.
We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.