NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey travelled to Wagga Wagga and Griffith this month on her first trip to regional NSW since her appointment in August 2017.
Ms Lourey met with local families, community members and mental health service providers to get an update on how mental health reform is progressing in the Murrumbidgee area. She was accompanied on the visit by NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Allan Sparkes and Commission staff.
In Wagga Wagga, meetings included Primary Heath Network and Local Health District directors and members of the Murrumbidgee Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Alliance, which was formed in 2015 in response to Living Well and aims to facilitate seamless, comprehensive mental health care for local families.
In Griffith, the Commission met with leaders of the town’s large multicultural community to get an update on the strengths and challenges facing the various groups. The Commission also met with community managed organisations, the Griffith Mental Health Drug and Alcohol team, and hosted a free afternoon tea for those affected by mental illness and their families.
Commission staff also visited the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera on Saturday 28 October, to offer a ‘Check-Up from the Neck-Up’ to attendees. The free wellbeing checks were facilitated by peer workers from Wellways and staff from Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
The Commission thanks all those who made time to meet with our staff. A full report on the community visit will be available in the coming months. Reports from previous community visits are available here.
For details of the Commission's next community visit , with the Vietnamese community in Sydney, please see our events page.