Mental health reforms needed to give sector future direction for service delivery
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, toured Kerferd Clinic in Wangaratta today with Albury Wodonga Health executive Michael Nuck and psychiatrist, Dr Jennifer Ellix.
Ms McGowan is committed to improving mental health in Indi. The visit is part of her continuing familiarisation with the mental health sector.
Last Friday, Ms McGowan chaired the Beyond Blue forum in Wangaratta. More than 60 people attended the forum to learn about mental health issues and what is needed to improve mental health outcomes in regional Australia.
Ms McGowan won a commitment from Minister for Health Sussan Ley last week, when the Minister told Parliament a response to the Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services would be announced before year’s end.
“The sector is anxiously awaiting the Government’s reforms and plans to deliver a more co-ordinated and effective system,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan said mental health services in the North East face many issues, including retaining staff, attracting psychiatrists and assisting people seeking perinatal care.
Ms McGowan acknowledged the Kerferd Clinic staff and their commitment to patients.
“They play a vital role caring for the people with serious mental health issues, and deserve as much support as can be provided,” Ms McGowan said.