This resource is from NSW Health 2009
This Reference Guide is intended to assist emergency department staff and other clinicians in their care for people experiencing emergency mental health problems.
It is intended to support the wealth of experience and evolved practice that exists in emergency departments and not to supplant nor replace local protocols and practice. It is meant to encourage, not replace, consultation with senior colleagues who remain the best source of information and advice. Further, it is not a substitute for sound clinical judgement. This Reference Guide builds upon the earlier versions of the reference guide (2001; 2002; 2009). It has been prepared through an extensive review process involving clinicians from the emergency medicine, mental health and drug and alcohol fields, as well as consumers and carers.