Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has urged the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies to fast-track the audit of mental health facilities in New South Wales, which includes the Banksia Acute Mental Health Unit at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital. 

Mr Anderson said the 25 bed facility plays an important role in mental health services for our region and the results of the audit will play an important part in ensuring Banksia is prioritised in the State-wide Mental Health Investment Strategy which is being developed. 

“Results from the mental health facilities audit are the next step in my push to build a better Banksia which is why I’m urging the results be fast tracked,” Mr Anderson said. 

“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 also heard from many community members about their stories and concerns and am looking forward to tabling a petition in Parliament calling for improvements to the facility.

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

“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. 

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