Nick O'Connor

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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)
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)
OBJECTIVE In this first paper the role and dynamics of blame in the context of medical critical incidents is examined. Blame pathologies are described and the complex nature of medical adverse events and the environment are explored. METHODS The literature is examined and a case scenario explored. RESULTS Evidence regarding effects of a 'blame culture'(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)
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)
The tragic circumstances of Antony Waterlow are not disputed, but bear repeating as they form the foundation of a different analysis of the case. He had suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for more than a decade. He lived in a boarding house, significant because of the reduced social and health support associated with such places, and the indication that(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to provide an overview of a new 'phase of illness' model of care after relocation of Rozelle Hospital to the new purpose built Concord Centre for Mental Health and discuss its implementation and progress thus far. METHOD One year after relocation, staff were asked to provide feedback of their views of the new model of(More)
The aim of this study was to determine what patient characteristics are used to decide whether a patient is or is not admitted to a psychiatric hospital, and what happens to those not admitted. A further aim was to determine if high levels of risk on admission predict seclusions, length of stay, or readmission within 28 days. Data were collected(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)