Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has put local acute mental health services in the spotlight, commencing a push to see improvements to Tamworth’s 25 bed facility Banksia.


Mr Anderson said he wants to ensure that Banksia does not get overlooked as the NSW Government develops a Mental Health Investment Strategy.


“A couple of months ago I invited the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies to visit the Banksia Acute Mental Health Unit at Tamworth Hospital because I wanted to show the Minister what the facilities are like on the front line.


“The Minister and I visited the facility and had the opportunity to hear from our hard working front line staff, inspect the facility, and see first-hand the mental health services that are provided to Tamworth.


“I have met with a number of people who have raised concerns about Banksia and I have taken those concerns directly to the Minister.


“We know that there is incredible work being done in our community to help support those with mental health issues but when people are in an acute mental state we need to ensure we can provide a quality facility to assist them.


“I am proud to say we have the very best staff, now I want to see a facility to match.”


Banksia was officially opened in 1993 and accepts both voluntary and involuntary patients under the Mental Health Act over the age of 18 years.


Mr Anderson said there have been massive improvements to the Tamworth Hospital precinct and he sees this as the next important step.


“I am proud to be part of a government that delivered the $211 million hospital redevelopment and the refurbishment that will take place on the Rehabilitation Ward, but we can’t stop there, our community deserves a great facility and I will fight hard to see it delivered.”


Mr Anderson said he is looking forward to seeing the results of the Statewide Mental Health Investment Strategy which is currently in its planning phase.

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