Nick O'Connor

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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)
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)
Rapid bioassessment (RBA) techniques for evaluating river health are now commonplace and there is much debate on the best methods that should be used. One of the important features of RBA is subsampling of large qualitative or semi-quantitative samples to reduce the costs associated with handling and identifying animals. In Australia, the Australian River(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 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)
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 The authors, in collaboration with NSW Health, have recently developed a comprehensive suicide risk assessment framework. The present paper describes key concepts in the assessment of suicide risk by mental health professionals. METHODS A framework for conducting a comprehensive suicide risk assessment was derived from the literature, incident(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 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)