Recently the Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Nathan Gibson and Ms Cate Wray, Consultant, Statutory Authorisations and Approvals visited the Pilbara Region. Dr Gibson and Ms Wray were accompanied by Dr Roland Main, Director of Psychiatry, WA Country Health Service, and Mr Liam Avery, A/Regional Manager Mental Health.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the role of the Chief Psychiatrist, the activities being conducted within the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, and to provide the opportunity for staff to raise any issues related to standards of care.
The visit to South Hedland and Karratha Mental Health Services was extremely valuable in terms of seeing and hearing from clinicians and staff what is happening and the challenges of working in regional services. The Chief Psychiatrist also met with Aboriginal Elders and local Non-Government Organisations in South Hedland, Child Adolescent Mental Health Services and Aboriginal Health Services in Roebourne.
Further visits to regional areas are being planned.