Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health Needs for referral

1. If it is during office hours, referrals for a person with a refugee background will usually be
facilitated by a person’s General Practitioner. General Practitioners are aware of when a
specialist secondary services referral is indicated and should follow the same process for former
refugee people.

2. If it is after hours and unable to wait until the following day or deemed urgent, referrals can
present at the Dunedin Hospital Emergency Department where the usual triage process will
occur, and referral to the Emergency Psychiatric Service, if indicated.

3. If advice is required by a member of the public concerning someone’s mental well-being then
this advice can be sought from a mental health clinician or a Duly Authorised officer. A Duly
Authorised has knowledge of the Mental Health Act and is able to provide advice and assistance
regarding how the Mental Health Act could be applied. To contact a mental health clinician or a
Duly Authorised Officer phone 03 4740999 or 0800 443366 and ask for the Emergency
Psychiatric Service.