Nick O'Connor

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Huge energy consumption has become a critical bottleneck for further applying large-scale cluster systems to build new data centers. Among various components of a data center, storage subsystems are one of the biggest consumers of energy. In this paper, we propose a novel buffer-disk based framework for large-scale and energy-efficient parallel storage(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the characteristics of those mental health clients of an Australian metropolitan health service who died during a 6 year period, 2005 - 2010. METHODS The medical records, and where available, coronial post-mortem examinations were audited for 109 people with schizophrenia who died while they were clients of the mental health service.(More)
OBJECTIVE This second paper follows an exploration of the nature of blame and addresses the balance between a 'blame-free' health culture and appropriate accountability. This paper aims to define and describe accountability as a key component of clinical governance and a responsive, fair and transparent health culture. METHODS The literature is examined(More)
OBJECTIVES A model of care for community mental health services was developed by reviewing the available literature, surveying ?best practice? and evaluating the performance of existing services in a metropolitan area mental health service servicing a population of approximately 1.1 million people. METHODS A review of relevant academic literature and(More)
OBJECTIVE A framework developed to promote the understanding and application of clinical governance principles in an area mental health service is described. The framework is operationalized through systems, processes, roles and responsibilities. METHODS The development of an explicit and operationalizable framework for clinical governance arose from the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to derive a conceptualized model of risk in outpatient involuntary psychiatric treatment that has utility and meaning for stakeholders. METHODS Thirty-eight participants-patients, caregivers, clinicians, and legal decision makers-participated in qualitative interviews about their experiences of outpatient involuntary psychiatric(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the lived experiences of people subject to community treatment orders (CTOs) and their carers. METHOD We recruited 11 participants (five mental health consumers and six carers) through consumer and carer networks in NSW, Australia, to take part in interviews about their experiences. We analysed the interview data set using(More)
OBJECTIVES Most clinicians are poorly informed in relation to the key concepts of organizational learning. Yet the paradigm may offer clinicians a powerful method for using their knowledge and skills to respond to the demands of a changing environment through experimentation and learning. The concept is critically examined. Organizational learning(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide reflective accounts of psychiatry through the first four decades of the existence of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). CONCLUSIONS The period from the 1960s to the end of the millennium saw significant changes in both the craft of psychiatry and the social and cultural context in which specialist(More)
OBJECTIVE This article is designed to raise the interest of psychiatrists in the position of clinical director. CONCLUSIONS The clinical director can improve the recovery of large numbers of mental health consumers by influencing the direction of local mental health policy, planning and funding. The effective clinical director will be an experienced(More)