Take Note! Case Note Guideline launched

Posted on: Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The team at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre have launched a new guide to writing case notes today.

Developed by Turning Point researchers and road tested by AOD clinicians, Take Note! A Practical Guide to Writing Case Notes is an evidence based resource designed to assist AOD clinicians, managers and services in this important aspect of clinical practice.

The guideline covers all aspects of case note writing, from the nuts and bolts of good writing skills, to the structure and consistency of case note models and templates, through to the legal considerations of case notes in Victorian AOD services.

The authors of the guide are Jacqui Cameron (Research Fellow, Treatment & Systems) and Jo Murray (Senior Research Assistant, Treatment & Systems).

The guideline is available in two formats – the full length version and a quick reference guide.

The full guideline provides detailed information on the what, why, when and how of case notes; case note models and templates; a step-by-step DIY practical section; a comprehensive legal section including FAQs; a systematic literature review which provided the evidence base for the guide; and a manager’s guide to assist services in implementing the guideline.

The quick reference version focuses on the practical section of the full guideline, including case note models and templates.

Law firm Allens Arthur Robinson funded a Research to Practice Fellowship to drive this work and provided pro bono assistance in the development of the legal content of the guideline.

The guide was launched at Turning Point’s offices in Fitzroy, Victoria, and can be purchased here.