Shot in the arm for area's mental health treatment

A FUNDING injection of more than $175,000 will boost services in the Ipswich region to help address stretched resources for mental health programs.

The needs-assessment report released last month by West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local identified a lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in the region, a lack of facilities that provided rehabilitation support, insufficient drug and alcohol support services and a need for emergency housing for youth with mental health or drug and alcohol abuse issues.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service used World Mental Health Day yesterday to announce the funding and highlight the need for extra services in the region.

The West Moreton Hospital and Health Board Innovation Fund allocated about $500,000 to help drive local innovations and improve the patient experience.

More than a third of the funding has been allocated to 11 mental health projects across the region.

Acting executive director of Mental Health and Specialised Services, Leanne Geppert, said up to 1700 people with severe and persistent mental illnesses were engaged in clinical interventions with Mental Health and Specialised Services in the region.

"During an average day in West Moreton, 173 people are inpatients in mental health facilities and 294 mental health consumers will receive treatment - a significant proportion of the population," Dr Geppert said.

Mental health projects

  • Supporting prisoners with mental health illnesses leaving custody - $56,000
  • Enforcing a smoke-free environment and harm reduction in Mental Health Services - $41,500
  • Creating an electronic mental health services map for the region - $40,000

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