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Contemporary Challenges in Forensic Mental Health: The Ingenuity of the Multidisciplinary Team

Palmer Orovwuje (Central Regional Forensic Service, Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 1 June 2008



Various attempts have been made to understand and resolve the enduring lack of cohesiveness of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), their dysfunctional service delivery and the feelings of distress among some of the professionals who work in them. Distortions in forensic MDTs have sometimes compromised service delivery and effective risk management. Several public inquiries relating to high‐profile incidents in forensic mental health have noted the role of dysfunctional MDTs. This paper describes the philosophy, structure, functions and achievements of a forensic community MDT in Wellington, New Zealand. It explains a model of care that is adaptable, comprehensive, effective and evidence‐based. It highlights the role of the extended MDT and embedded cultural units from which care professionals work together, share a common philosophy of care and tailor their care to the needs of the individuals or populations they serve.



Orovwuje, P. (2008), "Contemporary Challenges in Forensic Mental Health: The Ingenuity of the Multidisciplinary Team", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 24-34.



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