The objective of this paper is to trigger the commencement of a debate about developing a National Strategy for the management and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
The overarching objective is to make treatment accessible and available for every single person with BPD in Australia.
All information received will be fed into a broader process designed to create a national road map for BPD in Australia.
We invite comment and suggestions from our Australian BPD community. What are your priority, current gaps and needs in treatment? How do you think we can we best meet these?
We invite comment from registered and trainee Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists as well as professional body's and relevant heads of tertiary institutions to comment on this. Is there sufficient focus on BPD in the current tertiary curriculum? What inclusions would be desirable?
How can we best support the needs of family members and carers? How important is it for families to be included in treatment? Would a 24 hour telephone helpline be beneficial? Can carers access sufficient evidence-based treatment, knowledge and skills to best support their loved ones?
Is this a good idea? What are the pro's and con's of this idea? What would the ideal centre of excellence look like? What services would it offer? Would it be inpatient or outpatient? Would it cater for co-occuring disorders like substance abuse and eating disorders? Do holistic treatment approaches figure in this model?
Should this be instituted? Clinicians, carers and consumers - we invite your thoughts and experiences on this.
What are the priority research areas and why? Is a National Centre of BPD Research the best solution or could the research sit under other mental health research organisations?
We invite suggestions and comment on the services and care delivered by these front line agencies.