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Stalking involves recurrent and persistent unwanted communication or contact that generates fear for safety in the victims. This pilot study evaluated the nature and prevalence of stalking among New Zealand nurses and physicians working in mental health services. An anonymous questionnaire asking respondents to describe their experiences with 12 stalking(More)
  • Katey Thom
  • 2014
OBJECTIVE This paper provides a descriptive statistical overview of Mental Health Review Tribunal outcomes from 1992 to 2011. METHOD A database used by administrators of the Mental Health Review Tribunal to store information on applicants and their hearing outcomes was subjected to basic descriptive analysis. RESULTS A total of 3117 applications were(More)
Advance care planning is becoming an increasingly important feature of health service provision. Although the New Zealand Mental Health Commission has advocated strongly for the provision of advance directives in mental health services, little is known about clinician or service user views on advance directives. The aim of the study was to survey the(More)
The use of methamphetamine in New Zealand has increased significantly over the last decade. Due to the potential of methamphetamine to induce, exacerbate and precipitate psychotic symptoms, this drug has also taken centre stage in several criminal trials considering the sanity of defendants. Highly publicised and often involving contested expert evidence,(More)
BACKGROUND Rates of suicide in New Zealand are high compared with those of other countries. International evidence suggests that the reporting of suicide may influence rates of suicidal behavior. No research exists, however, on the reporting of suicide by New Zealand media. AIMS This study provides the first baseline picture of the reporting of suicide by(More)
A competent nursing workforce is crucial for recovery of mental health and addiction service users. Professional supervision is central to facilitating this competency. This article reports on research that scoped the current provision of professional supervision then explores possibilities for developing a standardised national approach to professional(More)
BACKGROUND In 2006-2007 New Zealand police deployed the Taser X26 electro-muscular incapacitation device for a twelve month trial across four police districts. Criteria for use of the Taser included "individuals in various states of mental health crisis". AIMS To provide a descriptive analysis of the use of Tasers by the New Zealand police; to identify(More)
AIM To identify barriers and enablers to the provision of mental health care by Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) in the northern region. METHODS Information was generated from structured interviews with 22 of the 25 PHOs and the four District Health Boards (DHBs) in the northern region. RESULTS Of the 22 PHOs who participated in the study, 17 had at(More)