There is a far greater need for child mental health services in our region according to the Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley MP, who today moved a Notice of Motion in State Parliament calling for an urgent review of the current situation.
Ms Catley’s Motion called for the Health Minister to take a good look into the number of beds available for children and adolescents requiring acute mental healthcare.
This comes after Ms Catley identified a worrying trend of young people being unable to access acute mental health facilities when they urgently needed it, and being turned away from the Nexus Unit at John Hunter Hospital due to a lack of available beds.
Nexus is the only acute mental health facility in the Hunter New England Local Health District for children and adolescents, and has only 12 beds in the entire unit.
“I’ve had a number of families who have contacted me in absolute crisis, after not being able to access the mental health services their child desperately needs.
“It is obvious to me that there is a greater need in the community for acute mental health services for young people, and that need is not being met.
“I have grave concerns for children and young people, and their families when the services they require simply aren’t available because all 12 beds are full.
“Health Minister, Brad Hazzard is coming to the John Hunter Hospital in the next couple of weeks, and I want to make sure that he is well aware of this problem and that it is on the agenda,” said the concerned local MP.