Focus on mental health

Northern Tablelands MP and Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell handed over cheques to representatives from the Armidale and Glen Innes Men’s Sheds last week. Pictured with the MPs are John Gilbert, Peter Feitz, Paul Raper, Merv Faulkner and Roy Powell.Northern Tablelands MP and Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell handed over cheques to representatives from the Armidale and Glen Innes Men’s Sheds last week. Pictured with the MPs are John Gilbert, Peter Feitz, Paul Raper, Merv Faulkner and Roy Powell.

MENTAL Health Minister Jai Rowell has praised the work of clinicians and staff at Armidale’s Clark Centre after a visit to the hospital last week.
Mr Rowell, who is also the Assistant Minister for Health, toured the eight-bed voluntary mental health facility with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
The pair met with mental health care staff to develop a deeper appreciation for local mental health care concerns.
“The impressive collaboration between the hospital inpatient wards and the Clark Centre means mental health patients in Armidale have access to services around the clock,” Mr Rowell said.
“Mental health registered nurses who work in the Emergency Department after hours ensure there are services on hand at all times should anyone in need of mental health assessment present at the facility.”
Mr Marshall said he was pleased to be able to show Mr Rowell first-hand the exceptional level of care offered at the Clarke Centre.
“Earlier this year the Clarke Centre received eight new electric beds worth $2240 each through funding from the local health district to aid in patient care,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is a great example of how continued investment in our local mental health care facilities is making a huge contribution to improved outcomes for patients.”
While in Armidale, Mr Rowell presented a $2500 grant to Roy Powell from the Armidale Men’s Shed.
“As I travel around NSW I am constantly impressed by the innovative ways Men’s Sheds manage to tackle mental health issues, and the Armidale facility is a great example of that,” he said.

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