Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    First of its kind regional step up/step down service for Albany

    30/01/2018 11:00 AM
     
    • New community mental health step up/step down service in the works for Albany
    • Mental health step up/step down services to help people in the Great Southern region who are recovering from a mental health issue
    • The McGowan Government is delivering on community mental health step up/step down services across regional WA 

    The McGowan Government will deliver a new community mental health step up/step down service - a first of its kind to open in regional Western Australia - for Albany.

     

    Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the Mental Health Commission and the WA Country Health Service would establish a new community mental health step up/step down service, at the old Albany Hospice, which is expected to open later this year.

     

    The six-bed facility will improve the options available for people with mental health issues and their carers in the Great Southern region by helping more people to recover within their community and close to personal support from family and friends. 

     

    The service will provide residential support and individualised care for people on a short-term basis and is tailored for people discharged from hospital for a mental health issue, or where an admission to hospital can be averted by intervening earlier.

     

    The McGowan Labor Government is taking steps to enhance the range of services for people with mental health issues and is committed to delivering quality health care to regional Western Australians.

     

    To help prevent the need for hospital admission and to support people after they have been discharged from hospital, other mental health step up/step down services are in the early stages of establishment for Karratha, Bunbury, Broome and Kalgoorlie.

     

    For more information about mental health step up/step down services, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/stepupstepdown

     

    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "We are pleased to deliver on our election commitment to provide more community mental health step up/step down services across Western Australia.

     

    "Keeping people out of hospital and in their community is often the best way to support their recovery from mental health issues.

     

    "We recognise the benefit this type of service will bring to the continuum of community-based support to the Great Southern and are making it a reality for the people of the region.

     

    "This is yet another initiative we're getting off the ground to fulfil the McGowan Government's plan for mental health and mental health recovery services."

     

    Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:

     

    "I am pleased the McGowan Government is recognising and bringing much-needed mental health services to Albany.

     

    "This service will increase the options for people in this region, improving recovery outcomes for individuals and benefiting the community as a whole.

     

    "It's great to see the Mental Health Commission and WA Country Health Service working together to benefit people living in the Great Southern region."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6500