Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Helen Morton on mental health spending

Mental Health minister Helen Morton visited the new mental health unit in Broome today.

Helen Morton

Helen Morton

“The expansion of the Broome Mental Health Unit in the Kimberley has dramatically increased the number of local people receiving care closer to home, with almost 400 inpatient services provided to residents since opening in mid-2012,” Ms Morton said.

“In this time transfers to Perth for psychiatric hospital admission have halved

 “Those in the Kimberley and Pilbara can now receive care for mental illness in the regions, stay better connected with family and community, and avoid the added stress of being transferred to Perth.”

You can read her statement here:

Government of Western Australia

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Minister for Mental Health

 

 

Ministerial Statement

 

May 22, 2014

Kimberley mental health boost benefits locals

  • Care closer to home halves transfers to Perth hospitals
  • Plans to open a step-up, step-down mental health facility in Broome
  • Ongoing support for Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services

Visiting Broome today, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton highlighted the success of the new Broome Mental Health Unit, the Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SSAMHS) and outlined plans to build a local six-bed subacute care facility.

“The expansion of the Broome Mental Health Unit in the Kimberley has dramatically increased the number of local people receiving care closer to home, with almost 400 inpatient services provided to residents since opening in mid-2012.  In this time transfers to Perth for psychiatric hospital admission have halved,” Mrs Morton said.

“Those in the Kimberley and Pilbara can now receive care for mental illness in the regions, stay better connected with family and community, and avoid the added stress of being transferred to Perth.”

The success of local care is also reflected by the fall in Kimberley mental health patients transferred to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which dropped from 90 in 2010-11 to 73 in 2011-12 and then more than halved to 32, in 2012-13.

“This Government is investing $29.1million for Aboriginal mental health services provided by SSAMHS,” the Minister said.

“Since this program started in country Western Australia in 2011, it has seen a 121 per cent increase in Aboriginal people accessing mental health services and a 44 per cent increase in face-to-face clinical interactions with Aboriginal people across Western Australia.”

The State Budget also committed $7.5million to expand step-up, step-down community-based subacute services, confirming funding for the one in Broome.

Mrs Morton said the Mental Health Commission would be consulting the local community as part of the planning and design process for a specialist six-bed subacute facility in Broome, expected to open in 2016.

“Step-up, step-down services offer an alternative to hospital admission and also valuable support to help people who are recovering after acute care in hospital to readjust back to life in the community,” she said.

“As well as offering flexible care options close to home, we also know that subacute services can free up beds and reduce the length of time people stay in hospital.”

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