Men­tal health boss el­e­vated

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

TOWNSVILLE Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice med­i­cal di­rec­tor of men­tal health Dr John Reilly has been ap­pointed Queens­land’s chief psy­chi­a­trist.

Dr Reilly will de­part Townsville to take on the new role, which will in­volve over­see­ing men­tal health ser­vices de­liv­ered across the state in line with the Men­tal Health Act 2016.

Dr Reilly said he was proud of how far the lo­cal health ser­vice had de­vel­oped dur­ing his eight years in Townsville and he was leav­ing the men­tal health ser­vice group in a strong po­si­tion.

“It has been a priv­i­lege work­ing with the team for the past eight years and we’ve made some real progress and seen some re­mark­able im­prove­ment,” he said.

“It’ll be sad farewelling ev­ery­one but it is a good strong team that has built some mo­men­tum and I’ve got no doubt that will con­tinue af­ter I’m gone.”

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