Feedback sought on mental health hospital treatment

Have you or a loved one been in an acute mental health unit in a NSW Hospital? Your views are needed.

Without any mental health beds in the Eurobodalla, some patients have been admitted in Queanbeyan and other areas.

A panel of mental health experts, led by NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, will visit Queanbeyan next week to seek feedback from community members who have had contact with acute mental health services in NSW hospitals.

Dr Wright said the consultation in Queanbeyan is part of a state-wide review of seclusion, restraint and observation practices at mental health units, ordered by the NSW Government.

“People living Queanbeyan and the areas around it who want to have their say on this important topic will have a chance to share their views and experiences directly to the expert panel who are examining the practice of seclusion across NSW,” Dr Wright said.

The consultation will be held at the Best Western Central Motel and Apartments on Wednesday September 20 at 5pm.

It is the 10th and final consultation being conducted across the state.

“When Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies established the review to reduce the practice of seclusion and restraint in mental health services across NSW, she made it clear community consultation would play a key role,” Dr Wright said.

The review will examine multiple aspects of seclusion, restraint and observation practices including; legislation, policy, clinical governance and practice standards within mental health facilities.

The findings and recommendations from the independent review will be presented to the NSW Government later this year.

“The review team will also conduct site visits at NSW Health facilities across the state and meet with frontline staff to ensure their voices and experience are heard,” Dr Wright said.

If you cannot attend the consultation, written submissions can be lodged by mail or online until September 24, 2017.

For further information or to register please visit www.health.nsw.gov.au or email MHSeclusionReview@moh.health.nsw.gov.au