Lyndon combine with RFDS to improve mental health services in Western NSW

Three new Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) outreach services are to be established in Dubbo as the Royal Flying Doctor Service South East (RFDS SE) and Lyndon combine to improve the Mental Health Services in rural and remote NSW.

Alcohol and other drug abuse is a growing problem in Western NSW, and when combined with the lack of counselling and treatment options, can end up as a mental health issue.

According to the RFDS research, more than 2500 patients underwent an aeromedical retrieval for a mental disorder between July 1, 2013 and June of last year.

And with suicide rates among people living in remote and very remote areas far higher than in major cities,the time has come to act.

“The RFDS SE mental health team, which includes an AoD worker, will grow from 5 to 15, which is a significant health investment in Western NSW,” said Jenny Beach, Alcohol and other Drugs Program Coordinator at the RFDS SE.

“In addition, Lyndon will be employing a senior clinician and an addiction specialist, which will enable us to provide a full range of counselling, individual and family support, interventions and change, and referral services in the area of AoD.

“We’re looking forward to working with our new partners to bring badly-needed care to those struggling with alcohol or dependency in Western NSW.”

The RFDS SE will be responsible for managing the day-to-day service delivery of the new program while Lyndon, who already offer specialist outreach, detox and rehabilitation programs, will provide oversight, training and clinical supervision

An AoD clinician and a community engagement worker will be based in each location, and initially will see clients who live within a two-hour drive of their base.

“This proactive partnership will work with local health professionals and other NGO’s on early intervention and to give people in Western NSW the support and services they need to turn their situation around,” said Greg Sam, Chief Executive Officer of the RFDS SE.

“It is part of our ongoing strategy to reduce the well-documented gap in health and wellbeing between those living in remote, rural and regional areas and the cities.”

This article originally appeared in the Daily Liberal, June 6, 2017

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