Alison Gamser will be honoured by Western NSW Local Health District and NEAMI National at a special event on Friday, 26 July at the Dubbo Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Centre.
In 2012, Alison was approached to be a Carer Representative on the Rehabilitation and Recovery Centre Working Party. She accepted and played a key role in the planning and development stages of the Centre before passing away unexpectedly at the end of last year.
According to Kelly Leonard, Carer Coordinator for the District’s Family and Carer Mental Program, Alison’s work is greatly appreciated as she brought valuable real-life experience and knowledge as a carer and gave a different perspective to the Working Party.
“Alison was the mother of an adult child with a mental illness and as such was a valued member of the commissioning group for the Centre,” said Ms Leonard.
She said Alison’s contribution from the perspective of a family member of a person with mental illness was important in the design of the building, which has facilities to accommodate family members. She also informed the model of care that will be the basis of the services delivered at the Centre.
“Alison’s experience as a carer was invaluable as it offered a different way of looking at things and assisted greatly in the development of the Centre,” said Ms Leonard.
“Her involvement in the project gave families and carers a voice in service development and delivery, meaning the Centre reflects their needs and can assist them better.
“We are looking forward to honouring and celebrating Alison’s time and involvement in helping shape our local health services at this special event,” she said.
Following the presentation in Alison’s honour and morning tea at 10.00am, Jay Medley, Manager NEAMI, will conduct a small in-service about the Rehabilitation and Recovery Centre from 11.00am.
Interested people are invited to attend. TO RSVP, please phone Kelly Leonard on 6881 4171 or Ros Ruskin Rowe, Support Worker, CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes on 6883 4600.
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