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Southern DHB - Forensic Services

Mental Health & Addictions Service

Description

The Southern DHB Forensic Mental Health Service provides clinical expertise in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people who are involved in the criminal justice system. Using contemporary forensic models of care which are characterised by mutual respect and an individualised approach with an emphasis on the least restrictive level of care possible.

A highly skilled specialised multidisciplinary team provides intensive therapy, education, and support through to recovery in a safe, supportive and secure environment. The team seeks to work collaboratively with whānau and significant others with a firm commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The care we provide is underpinned by the Recovery Competencies. Recovery is described as 'a life worth living' regardless of the presence or absence of illness'. It is about restoring hope, discovering and building strengths, and celebrating success. The Forensic Service is committed to meeting the best practice guidelines, and is compliant with the established Health and Disability Services Standards NZS 8134:2008

Wakari Hospital provides Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Services at Ward 9A as well as Community Forensic Mental Health Services, Court Liaison Nurse and Prison Liaison Nurse services to provide assessments and support.

Southland Hospital provides Community Forensic Mental Health Services.

Youth Forensic Services are provided by a mobile service based out of Southland Hospital and 8 Moray Place, Dunedin. For more information, please see Southern DHB Child & Youth Mental Health Services.

Programmes

Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Forensic

Regions

Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult

Referral Types

DHB clinical services, Corrections

Description

Ward 9A is a 13-bed medium secure unit for Otago and Southland consumers who are involved with the justice system and require assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. Clients have either been…

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Community Forensic Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Forensic

Regions

Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult

Referral Types

DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Referrals to this service can be received from Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Services (locally and nationally), other Mental Health Services and via Prision Liaison Services.

Description

Forensic psychiatry deals with the assessment, treatment and long term management of those patients whose mental disorder affects their behaviour to such a degree that they are liable to or…

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Court Liaison Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Forensic

Regions

Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Description

The service provides:

  • Initial informal Court reports that include mental state examination and risk assessment.
  • Support / guidance on relevant legislation.
  • Provide recommendations to the Courts.
  • Arrange formal Court reports…

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Prison Liaison Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Forensic

Regions

Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult

Referral Types

DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

The Prison Liaison Service is for those inmates whose behaviour or mental health is causing concern.

Referrals can be received from prison medical staff or Medical Officer, corrections staff, lawyers,…

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Description

The service provides:

  • Access to Forensic Psychiatrist on weekly basis.
  • Mental Health Assessment and Risk Management.
  • Access, if appropriate, to a Forensic Social Worker for support and information gathering for…

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Hours

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Fees

There are no fees for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Health. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full cost of any medical treatment you recieve during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility

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Contact Details

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Dunedin - South Otago

  • Ward 9A

    (03) 476 9621

  • Community Team

    (03) 476 9680

  • 24-Hour Freephone

    0800 44 33 66

369 Taieri Road
Halfway Bush
Dunedin
Otago 9010

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Street Address

369 Taieri Road
Halfway Bush
Dunedin
Otago 9010

Postal Address

371 Taieri Road
Halfway Bush
Dunedin 9010

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

Southland

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This page was last updated at 9:23AM on April 19, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB - Forensic Services.