ACT Care Coordinator

The following report is made in compliance with section 120E of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994.

The ACT Care Coordinator is a statutory appointment made by the Minister for Health, under section 120A of the ACT Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994. The ACT Care Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the provision of treatment, care and support to people with a mental dysfunction, in accordance with Community Care Orders (CCOs) made by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT). The Executive Officer for the ACT Care Coordinator is located within the Public Advocate of the ACT.

During the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, a total of 15 people were subject to a CCO, comprising nine men and six women. New CCOs were issued for 10 people during the reporting period.

For the 15 people subject to CCOs, two were referred by the courts and the remaining 13 were referred by clinical services. The CCOs were issued for the following reasons:

  • dementia: seven people

  • neurological disorder other than dementia: three people

  • intellectual disability and acquired brain injury (ABI): two people

  • personality disorder: one person.

Table 60 shows the ages of people subject to a CCO.

Table 60: CCOs by age

Age

Number

≤18

0

19-29

1

30-39

2

40-49

1

50-59

3

60-69

1

70-79

3

80+

4

Total

15

 

As at 30 June 2015, five people continue to be subject to a CCO. Three of these orders are newly made and two orders have been reviewed and renewed.

 

 

Linda Kohlhagen

ACT Care Coordinator

13 July 2015