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PURPOSE OF REVIEW This study considers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a tool for promoting the full social inclusion of people with a mental or intellectual disability. RECENT FINDINGS The United Nations Convention has ushered in a new era of discourse that moves beyond a consideration of individual(More)
This paper presents the findings from research that investigated the feasibility of developing a specialty return to mental health nursing programme in New Zealand. This was achieved through a scoping of existing return to nursing programmes; a survey of non-active nurses; and stakeholder consultation via interviews or focus groups. Existing generic(More)
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)
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)
  • Katey Thom
  • Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal…
  • 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)
This article reports the findings of a qualitative research project that explored the decision-making of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in New Zealand, providing "thick descriptions" of the hearing process by closely focusing not only on the content of final written decisions, but also how decisions are made and delivered within the context they are(More)
The proliferation of TASER devices among police forces internationally has been accompanied by concerns about injuries and health effects, and about the use of TASER devices on vulnerable populations such as people with mental illness. TASER devices have generated a flood of research studies, although there remain unanswered questions about some of the key(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)