Queanbeyan to host public consultation into mental health care

The panel is calling for anyone that has had contact with mental health care in a NSW facility.

The panel is calling for anyone that has had contact with mental health care in a NSW facility.

Queanbeyan will host a community consultation session on mental health with a panel of experts on Wednesday.

The session will be led by New South Wales Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright.

The consultation is part of a state-wide review into seclusion, restraint and observation practices in mental health units. The review was ordered by Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies.

The panel are seeking input from community members who have had contact with acute mental health services in NSW health facilities.

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

“People living in 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,” Dr Wright said.

“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.”

The Queanbeyan session will be the tenth and final consultation being held in NSW.

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

The session will be held at the Best Western Central Motel and Apartments, 11 Antill Street, Queanbeyan on September 20 at 5pm.

Further information can be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au or by emailing MHSeclusionReview@moh.health.nsw.gov.au

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