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Managing behavioural disturbances in emergency departments

Sydney Local Health District

  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 May, 2017
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Associate Professor Timothy Wand

This project will examine the feasibility and transferability of an innovative model of nurse-led mental health care in three emergency departments include a large metropolitan emergency department, a regional emergency department at a Base Hospital, and a smaller rural emergency department.

In addition to testing the feasibility of this model of care, the study will evaluate the outcomes for patients with mental health, drug health and acute behavioural problems.

An implementation and evaluation study involving the collection of descriptive data, waiting times, surveys and interviews with staff and patients will be undertaken. The team will translate findings from the successful model of nurse-led care trialled in the emergency departments at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Collaborators: Western Sydney Local Health District, Hunter New England Local Health District, Western NSW Local Health District