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Mental health services in KwaZulu-Natal

D L Mkize, R W Green-Thompson, P Ramdass, G Mhlaluka, N Dlamini, J Walker
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 10, No 1 | a116 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v10i1.116 | © 2004 D L Mkize, R W Green-Thompson, P Ramdass, G Mhlaluka, N Dlamini, J Walker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2008 | Published: 01 April 2004

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D L Mkize, Department of Psychiatry, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, South Africa
R W Green-Thompson, Department of Health, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
P Ramdass, Department of Health, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
G Mhlaluka, Department of Health, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
N Dlamini, Department of Health, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
J Walker, Midlands Hospital Complex, Pietermaritzburg

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Abstract

This article is a summary of a document prepared by a task team appointed by the Superintendent-General, Head: Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal. The terms of reference of the task team were to scrutinise all available documents on mental health in the province and to come up with a new doc- ument entitled ‘Strategic and Implementation Plan for Delivery of Mental Health Services in KwaZulu-Natal’, with operational plans and time frames, and to make specific recommendations with regard to community mental health services and forensic psychiatry.

The documents used to prepare the new document were: A Framework for the Delivery of Mental Health Services by Institutions in KwaZulu-Natal;Mental Health Services Planning Report; Strategic Policy Document for Mental Health Services in KwaZulu-Natal; Community Mental Health Services at Indlovu Region, KwaZulu-Natal; KwaZulu-Natal Health Care Act 2000; Mental Health Act 2002; World Health Report on Mental Health 2001; and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Report.

The article is divided into nine sections, namely organisational structure; education, training and research; mental health ser- vice provision; highly specialised services; community mental health services; forensic mental health services; mental health and the private sector; pharmaceutical services; and summary of recommendations.


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