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Liaison in this regard should include, for example, quarterly meetings between SASOP national structures and the office of the Deputy Minister of Health, as well as the Department of Healths Cluster Head and the Directorate of Mental Health.
* As a point of departure, SASOP would like to see the establishment of fully constituted MHRBs in all areas, with the information technology capacity to effectively monitor and track the admission and discharge of users from facilities and services.
* Structures and channels should be established for psychiatrists, individually or through SASOP, to participate in all monitoring and evaluation processes (facility, provincial and national).
* Psychiatrists, individually and collectively through SASOP, should be invited to establish the research agenda for psychiatry and mental health.
** It is SASOP's opinion that if we want to commit to evidence-based interventions, this commitment has to apply to all models equally.
* It is SASOP's position that psychiatrists should be part of the development of task teams on all levels (e.g.
* SASOP's PS4 on standard STGs and EDLs states that:
** There should be close collaboration and co-ordination between the processes of establishing SASOP and national STGs, and the related decisions on EDLs for different levels.
** It can also be suggested that the authors of the SASOP STGs (who followed a formal peer-review process)  and the National EDL Committee should form a standing committee and/or other structures for ongoing liaison to explore procedural issues, as well as the current and ongoing revision of the different lists of available drugs.
** If, however, EDLs were finalised without such close collaboration and co-ordination in the EDL and STG processes, SASOP will have to express its grave concern, since psychiatry as a specialist clinical discipline will be prejudiced against, while the availability of evidence-based medications will be threatened, particularly in the public sector.
* Over the past 10 years, SASOP has been developing treatment guidelines and algorithms for a range of psychiatric disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia, dementia and the various anxiety disorders.
As part of its guidelines on treatment pathways, SASOP should also consider models on the use and scope of, and referral to, the different psychiatric sub-specialists.
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