Politics Sector News — 21 August 2014

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is asking for feedback on mental health services available for mothers and babies across the state.dreamstime_l_5940212

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said today the report would give interested people a chance to give their thoughts on the proposals made in the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service Enhancement discussion paper.

“The proposals in the discussion paper aim to close service gaps and reduce risks which will enable positive and effective responses to the mental health needs of parents and infants,” she said.

“In Queensland there is only one dedicated public hospital bed at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane for women with post-natal depression and their babies.”

Dr van Schoubroeck said the feedback would provide direction on how Queensland could further support families when they needed it most.

“Queensland is committed to helping women in the community who are managing perinatal mental health,” she said.

“This initiative supports the state’s shared goal of enhancing the perinatal and infant mental health system.”

This article first appeared on The Range News on 20 August 2014.

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