Equitable access to Psychiatric services in regional NSW & Australia
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For every 100,000 people in major cities there are 120 psychologists. In very remote areas that number drops to just 25. There are 94 mental health nurses per 100,000 in cities, yet just 29 per 100,000 people living in very remote areas.
National Rural Health Alliance, 15/6/18
This is not good enough. Yet, it is always not that uncommon. Although funding is being promised to remedy this situation, not enough is being done to help those out at the coalface, like the young emergency doctor who saw me. Not enough is being done for the countless people who have had the same or similar experience to me. More importantly not enough is being done quickly enough to help those in dire need of access to these services NOW. Till more is done, people, of all colours, shapes and sizes will experience the frustration of not being able to access the expert help that they need. Let's hope that they too will survive the situation to tell their story and add weight to this petition.
I sought admission at Port Macquarie Base hospital due to mental health reasons and after less than hour I was I turned away because there as the doctor stated "there's nothing we can do for you". Only because of my GP and my parent's credit card was I able to receive the help I needed, in a private facility.
I decided to share my story on Facebook and in the local press.
Watch my OPEN LETTER TO NSW HEALTH
With many individual voices uniting we can transform small whispers about this spatial inequity, into a LOUD, impossible to ignore, choir of people shouting out "that HEALTH is HOLISTIC and no matter where you live, as equally contributing tax payers, you should have equitable access to psychiatric and psychosocial services."
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