Thinking beyond beds for mental health

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A greater focus on community support and the closure of Graylands Hospital could create better outcomes for Western Australians with severe mental health issues. A sharper focus on employment, housing and support services will have far more impact on improving mental health outcomes for acute patients than building more hospital beds, according to sector leaders. Western Australian Association for Mental Health chief executive Taryn Harvey said the sector’s biggest need was improved community-based support. “We need to change the conversation about what we require,” Ms Harvey told Business News. (click here to view a PDF version of the full 12-page liftout)…

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