RSL gift aids city’s mental health work

A HEFTY donation from the Warwick RSL has helped open the doors to an upgraded mental health facility in the Rose City.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Megan O'Shannessy said the improvements meant the hospital would be able to provide the Southern Downs Mental Health Service with improved office and clinic space.

The new facility is in the former Oaks Nursing Home, beside the hospital.

"Last year the Warwick RSL handed over a cheque for $120,000 to the hospital and the funds were used to refurbish the hospital's specialist clinic," Ms O'Shannessy said.

"In January, the Southern Downs Mental Health Service moved from McCarthy House to the refurbished area which contains four new offices, two consultation rooms and a training and education room," she said.

The services available are child and youth, adult and older persons mental health, alcohol tobacco and other drugs and acute care.

A part-time psychiatrist has also started work for the Southern Downs Mental Health Service and will work across several health services, which will include Warwick, Goondiwindi and Stanthorpe.

Clients can seek referrals from their GP or they can refer themselves. The service has already seen 30 clients since opening.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said he looked forward to attending the official opening of the facility and welcomed the generous donation from the RSL.

"Mental health is an important issue to any community," he said.

"(Yesterday) I travelled to Bundaberg and you can see just how important mental health assistance is in the community and that is no different to the people of Warwick," he said.

A date for the official opening is yet to be set.



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