Clients in acute mental healthcare at Manning Hospital are now benefitting from refurbished therapeutic environments designed to improve patient experience.

During a visit to Manning Mental Health Unit , Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP said the $512,000 upgrade, which had delivered refurbished rooms, a covered sensory garden, renovated entry areas and artwork by local Indigenous artists, would have a positive impact for patients.

“We are shifting to a model of care that supports a faster, more enduring mental health recovery,” Mr Bromhead said.

Mrs Taylor said the works were completed last year as part of a state-wide investment to enhance therapeutic environments for acute inpatient units.

“When someone is in an acute state, it is vital that their environment and surrounds are as safe and reassuring as possible – this is about meeting patients’ needs so we can provide better support and recovery outcomes for everyone,” Mrs Taylor said.

In 2018, the NSW Government committed $20 million for these improvements, which was the first initiative of the government’s $700 million Mental Health Infrastructure Program.

The funding came as the result of recommendations made from the NSW Review into Seclusion, Restraint and Observation and in addition to the 2018 record $2.1 billion State Budget for mental health services.

Photo : Minister Bronnie Taylor joined Stephen Bromhead ,Manning Base Hospitals  Josh Louis, Dr Marcia Fogarty and Hugh Raggett for a tour of the Mental Health Unit