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Mental health services come together under one roof

23 November 2022

A $3.7 million refurbishment of facilities on Orange’s Bloomfield Hospital campus is benefitting children and young people across Western NSW Local Health District receiving community and inpatient mental health services.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient unit along with all community-based Infant, Child, Youth and Family Mental health (ICYFMH) services began operating from the building last month.

Victoria Lovecchio, District Coordinator ICYFMH, said the relocation enhances a consumer’s journey from inpatient to community care and improves collaboration and communication.

“It allows us to strengthening relationships with external care partners, ensuring we are continuing to provide the best possible care for our consumers,” Ms Lovecchio said.

Jason Crisp, WNSWLHD Executive Director of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, said the Canobolas Clinic building on the Bloomfield Hospital campus had undergone a significant refurbishment to accommodate the change.

“The project was shaped heavily by the feedback we received from young people who have utilised these services along with our Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing team and community elders,” Mr Crisp said.

“We have completely redeveloped the building to create an integrated, culturally-safe and family-friendly space that will enable more flexible care, and ensure we continue to meeting the needs of our entire community now and into the future.

“Part of that consultation was also to gather feedback for the future re-naming of both the building and the inpatient unit, a process our Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing team is finalising now.

“The WNSWLHD provides the largest rural mental health service in NSW, and the provision of services to children and young people is a critical part of our network of services.

“We work in partnership with a range of other agencies and organisations to provide support and care, but the most important partner is the consumer themselves.

“We’re very proud to bring CAMHS and ICYFMH services together in a space that has consumers’ needs at the heart of its design.”