Mental health services in spotlight
MOORO Drive Health Centre team leader Michelle Dunn says mental health services are “limited”.
The Mt Claremont clinic, which opened in February, exclusively treats patients with mental health issues.
“When the Stokes Review was done, it became apparent that GP facilities available for people with mental health issues tended to be lacking,” Ms Dunn said.
“A lot of practices treat the psychological side of mental health but the physical side was getting left behind.”
Ms Dunn said Mental Health Week from October 4 to 10 it was the “perfect opportunity” to learn about available services.
“It’s a spotlight on an illness that’s incredibly widespread in our community and there are good facilities available,” she said.
“The education about complex care has been difficult to get out.”
According to the Mental Health Commission, one in five WA adults suffers with mental health issues.
Ms Dunn said social workers, dietitians, podiatrists and diabetes educators treated patients.
“Mental health issues such as depression often go hand-in-hand with diabetes,” Ms Dunn said.
“The problem is when you go to your doctor, you’re allocated 15 minutes and if you have an extensive mental health background, you can’t cover it in that time.
“There are so many people who need these services.”
Mooro Drive Health Centre team leader Michelle Dunn, Dr Carmen Quadros and practice manager Melanie Werner.