Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Broome mental health unit authorised

    7/12/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • Acute Psychiatric Unit authorised to accept involuntary patients
    • APU part of $9.4million Broome Mental Health Unit
    • Only acute mental health facility north of Joondalup 
    Mental health patients in the Kimberley and Pilbara are now able to receive involuntary acute mental health care in a secure unit following the authorisation of ‘Mabu Liyan’, the Broome Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU).
     
    The APU, part of the recently opened $9.4million Broome Mental Health Unit, was recently authorised to accept involuntary mental health patients.
     
    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said this marked an important milestone in the expansion of mental health services in the regions and meant patients could be treated closer to home.
     
    Mrs Morton said the authorisation of Broome’s APU would significantly benefit involuntary patients.
     
    “Previously, involuntary patients had to be transferred to Perth, a long and potentially distressing journey further away from friends and family,” she said.
     
    “The Broome Mental Health Unit is now able to care for involuntary and voluntary patients, with eight open and two secure beds, and with the total number of beds due to increase to 14 by mid-2013.
     
    “It is the first acute care mental health unit to be opened north of Joondalup.”
     
    To bridge cultural gaps, build trust and contribute to better health outcomes, six Aboriginal staff have been employed in the Aboriginal mental health treatment team.
     
    The Broome Mental Health Unit will be fully integrated with Broome Hospital and managed by the Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service.
     
          Fact File
    • Liberal-National Govt overhauled mental health service delivery in WA by appointing State’s first Mental Health Minister; an independent Mental Health Commissioner; and developing new mental health legislation
    • Liberal-National Govt dedicating unprecedented resources to address suicide prevention across the State with $13million for WA’s first Suicide Prevention Strategy and more than $1million provided to Lifeline WA’s suicide telephone crisis support 
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