Mental Health Friendly GP's for WA Community
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In a media release by WAPHA that month, Chair Dr Richard Choong called for a more fully integrated primary mental health care model to support GPs to provide mental health care, with additional support from specialised services when required. Read the media release here.
Last week CoMHWA was contacted by several of our members with news of the closure of Mooro Drive.
Mooro Drive, delivered by 360 Health and Community, was established in February 2015 and is the first and only dedicated GP practice in WA to meet the physical health care needs of people with a history of mental health issues.
It is estimated around 600 consumers will be affected when the service closes next Friday (8th September 2017) following the defunding of the service earlier this year.
CoMHWA has liaised with 360 Health and Community, North Metro Health Service Mental Health Service (collaborating agency), funding body WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for Mental Health regarding the closure and steps that are being taken to minimise the impact on consumers.
Last month saw the release of the Equally Well National Consensus Statement by the National Mental Health Commission, and it is now seeking pledges from organisations across Australia to improve the physical health of people living with mental illness. Read the Equally Well statement here.
CoMHWA sees mental health GP clinics as an essential component among primary care options for people with lived experience of mental health issues, and as important to addressing the major gaps in life expectancy and health of people with mental illness.
We are disappointed by news of the upcoming closure of WA’s only Mental Health GP centre.
We seek urgent commitment from WAPHA to ensure mental health friendly primary GP clinics remain available for the Perth community.
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