Mental health services for elderly get $1.4 million boost

Funding boost: Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward and staff from SWSLHD and Hammondcare. Picture: Ashleigh Milton
Funding boost: Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward and staff from SWSLHD and Hammondcare. Picture: Ashleigh Milton

The state government has allocated an extra $1.4 million to improve the specialist older person community mental health services across South-West Sydney.

The Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons visited Hammondville Aged Residential Aged Care on Wednesday to make the announcement.

Ms Gibbons said the increase in funding would allow the government to better support the acute mental health needs of older persons across the region.

“This will see more specialist psychiatrists, nurses and allied health professionals in our community with expertise in mental health,” she said.

“These clinicians will allow more people to live well in the community, promote improved community mental-health care and support for older people.”

These clinicians will promote improved community mental-health care and support for older people.

Melanie Gibbons

Ms Goward said the funds will be used on employing an additional 13 full-time equivalent clinicians in the  South Western Sydney Local Health District. “The NSW Government is committed to building world-class, community-based mental-health care services across NSW,”