New plan announced for older people’s mental health services

NEW HEALTH PLAN: Tanya Davies and Melanie Gibbons present the plan: “This is the second 10-year service plan," Mrs Davies said.
NEW HEALTH PLAN: Tanya Davies and Melanie Gibbons present the plan: “This is the second 10-year service plan," Mrs Davies said.

A $2.4 million boost in mental health services across NSW is set to benefit south-west Sydney.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Tanya Davies and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons presented the Old People’s Mental Health Services Plan 2017-2027 before the new year at Liverpool Hospital.

“This is the second 10-year service plan for older peoples mental health across NSW. It outlines the challenges and opportunities an ageing population for NSW.

“It will give guidance and vision not only for the government, but for the staff and physicians to helps direct future planning and potential funding for the people in the community,” Mrs Davies said.

“This age group is associated with higher rates of dementia and depression and today’s funding will ensure health teams in south- west Sydney will be able to keep meeting demand from the community for these mental health services.”

Ms Gibbons said: “For our local area, our older population is set to double in 2031 so we need to be ready for that and this shows that we are and that the plans ready to go for that kind of increase, it’s huge.

Mrs Davies said: “With a good diet, exercise, going to a beautician and facial creams is that going to stop the ageing process? No. We’re all on this treadmill of every hour together, we are ageing. And it’s an important reality to accept and make the very best of that while you can.”

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