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Building better care

19 Aug 2020

 

The Nepean Mental Health Centre on the Nepean Hospital campus is proud to unveil the results of significant capital works which improve the therapeutic environment for consumers.

Newly designed courtyard areas, more welcoming interior spaces and renovated rooms to accommodate families are all the result of a successful and ongoing collaboration between staff and the community.

Project Lead Tristan Chapman says that the changes have resulted from a genuine partnership between Mental Health staff and consumers, with lasting benefits beyond improvements to the physical environment.

“This project has strengthened the relationship between consumer, carers and staff by applying a co-design philosophy to bring about innovations in mental health care,” says Tristan.

“Central to the project was the role of our Peer Workforce and the mental health Consumer & Carer Council, consisting of people with lived experience as carers or consumers of mental health services”.

The capital works were funded through a recent $1.5 million NSW Government grant and are part of a larger and ongoing Clinical Redesign Project, which partners consumer groups and health staff with a team from the UTS Design and Innovation Research Centre.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is a pioneer in developing meaningful collaborations with mental health consumers, their families and carers, having signed the first ever Mental Health Consumer and Carer Council Charter in NSW.