Men­tal health ser­vices in spot­light

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

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.

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