Vasse MLA Libby Mettam has advocated for a Psychiatric Liaison Nurse for more than two years Residents and suicide prevention workers have increased their campaign for Health Minister Roger Cook to prioritise the recruitment of a mental health nurse at Busselton Health Campus. The number of attendances to BHC emergency department for mental health or drug-related issues has increased by 12 per cent in the past three years. The figure grows to an increase of over 28 per cent at Margaret River Hospital. These patients are often sedated and transferred by ambulance to Bunbury Regional Hospital, where a psychiatric liaison nurse is available seven days a week. Lamp Inc area program manager Nicole Slevec said these patients were often discharged hours after being admitted. “We need to simplify the process of people getting into hospital and receiving assistance in times of unwellness,” she said. In August last year, Mr […]