General News — 31 October 2013
Medicare Local improving link between mental health services

With hundreds of people in the Hunter suffering from a severe or persistent mental illness, work is underway to piece together the missing dots for adequate care in the region.

Hunter Medicare Local has finalised a number of agreements with regional non-government organisations to help people navigate housing, employment and education systems, as well as contact with hospital and health networks. 207412-3x2-340x227

The groups include Wesley Mission in Newcastle, the Benevolent Society in the Upper Hunter and Aftercare in Cessnock and Maitland.

Medicare Local acting CEO Bryan McLoughlin says he hopes to have services up and running by mid next month.

“It’s connection, we refer to it as a little bit of a jigsaw puzzle and our role is to help build that jigsaw puzzle for people and hopefully piece it together so that it makes sense for them and they receive the services they need,” he said.

Mr McLoughlin says people need to have a better understanding of the range of services available in the area.

“Whilst there’s a general awareness, the ideal role of this program is to make sure there’s some more solid link between each of those streams.”

This article first appeared on ABC Online on 31 October, 2013.

Related Articles

Share

About Author

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your
    articles? I mean, what you say is valuable
    and all. Nevertheless imagine if you added some great
    photos or videos to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics
    and videos, this blog could certainly be one of the very best in its niche.
    Very good blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *