Local mental health support services boosted for Tathra residents

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COORDINARE and Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW, today announced that residents in Tathra can now take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW, today announced that residents in Tathra and surrounding areas can now take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.

According to Dianne Kitcher, CEO of the South Eastern NSW PHN, the funding made available by the Commonwealth Government, has been welcome news for the community.

“It has provided a boost to the capacity of local mental health support services and will help to meet the need arising from trauma and loss associated with these bushfires for an extended period of time,” said Ms Kitcher.

Although most people will recover from traumatic events like emergencies and disasters without the need for professional intervention, some people really benefit from additional support services.

“All local residents who have been affected by the bushfires can now access up to three counselling support sessions to assist them during this difficult time.

“Some people may require more than three sessions. In these instances, people can be referred back to their GP who can consider an individual mental health treatment plan which will allow them access to further services.”

“For those people who have been affected by the fires and are already on a mental health treatment plan, they can receive up to three sessions in addition to those through Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) funding,” said Ms Kitcher.

A list of registered providers is available here.

“We were also pleased to be able to support a partnership between the Sapphire Coast Medical Practice and Grand Pacific Health who provided professional mental health services to people in Tathra immediately after the bushfires,” said Ms Kitcher.

“This free support remains available at the Sapphire Coast Medical Practice in Tathra each Wednesday and appointments can be made by contacting the practice direct,” she added.

The South Eastern NSW PHN will continue to work with local providers, as well as the community, to ensure that they respond appropriately with the funding.

“We are keen to continue to receive feedback from local providers so that we understand what additional support services are required, especially in the months ahead. This will ensure that the services delivered will meet local needs in the long term,” said Ms Kitcher.

Senator Molan said: “As someone who has lost a home to bushfire myself, I think I understand the anguish people are feeling. I want to help the community assist those people as much as possible and for as long as possible.

“That South East NSW PHN is able to boost the capacity of local mental health support services through this Federal funding is a tremendous outcome,” Senator Molan said.

South Eastern NSW PHN is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program.