For the psychiatric workforce to become family focused (particularly in relation to children) there is a clear need for family sensitive policies and procedures, managerial and organizational support and well-targeted and sustained workforce training. However, there are multiple barriers to the adult mental health workforce becoming family focused including:
- • Some adult mental health services do not identify consumers who are parents and subsequently do not respond to children, parenting and family needs.
- • Organizations often do not have adequate family and child friendly policies and procedures.
- • The adult mental health workforce lacks skills and knowledge about families, children and parenting.
- • The workforce needs to increase encouragement of consumers to include family members and dependent children in treatment of the ill parent including the provision of psycho-education.