An outreach program has been planned to be introduced by Kevin Humphries, state's Mental Health Minister, says a recent report, which aims at helping new mothers in remote communities.
It has been told by the Barwon’s member that expecting or new mothers in rural areas often fail to seek help in case they suffer any kind of mental illness. And the new service would enable them to access the required service by connecting regional health workers to Sydney’s renowned mental health doctors.
“One of the reasons why we put together a mental health portfolio was to start to coordinate the services that we've got across the state", says Mr. Humphries.
Health experts say that development of post-natal depression is hugely hazardous not only for the new mother, but her baby and family also.
And the new Outreach Perinatal Service or SwOPS being brought has only been planned so as to reduce these harms. It is being said that the pilot program would allow access to telephone consultations as well as outreach visits, thereby reducing number of hospital admissions and bringing improvements in community-based care.
The service for Sydney’s Mental Health at Westmead Hospital worth $240,000 has already taken place in Orange and Lismore, says the report. Also, its success this time would ensure its launch across the whole state.