Katy Gallagher has announced the opening of a new mental health facility based on the “Step Up/Step Down” model of care.
- “Step Up /Step Down provides an early intervention or early discharge option for people as an alternative to hospitalisation or after discharge from hospital. The residential facility will provide mental health care to accommodate those experiencing acute mental health symptoms and those who may not be ready to return to their homes.”
It sounds great, but will a five bed facility be enough?
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson doesn’t think so:
- “Having had numerous discussions with community groups, health professionals, mental health sufferers, I am confident that the model of care offered by Step-Up/Step-Down residential facilities is one of the best methods of treating mental health patients,” Jeremy said.
“Step-Up/Step-Down gives patients the opportunity to receive the level of care they need but outside the often imposing environment of a psychiatric clinic or hospital ward, and it also frees up much needed hospital beds,” Jeremy Hanson said.
“It’s disappointing that the Government has chosen to invest only a small amount into such a critical community service. 5 beds are manifestly inadequate,” said Jeremy.