The NSW Nationals in Government have secured $512,000 to upgrade mental health facilities in Taree.

The Manning Hospital mental health unit will soon see physical improvements, as statewide upgrades and refurbishments get underway as part of a NSW Government investment to upgrade mental health infrastructure in NSW.

“Manning Hospital Inpatient Unit will receive $512,000 for refurbishing rooms, repainting the courtyard, creating a new water feature and alfresco sensory garden and to purchase new exercise and sensory modulation equipment to help regulate emotions,” Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said. “Well-designed physical spaces in acute mental health units help dignify our mental health consumers by meeting their needs for recovery, security, and connection.”

The improvements to the unit are on top of the appointment earlier this year of Dr Charles (Ajoy) Estibiero who started in July as a staff specialist psychiatrist working full time with Manning Mental Health Services.

“As a former Mental Health Nurse I recognises the importance of ensuring those who live with mental health have the support services readily available across our community,” Mr Bromhead said. “I am pleased to be hosting a Mental Health Forum on Tuesday, October 30 in Forster, which will bring together and highlight the support services available across the Manning and Great Lakes.”

NSW Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said local health districts and specialty networks received a share of $20 million to make important improvements, the first initiative of the NSW Government’s $700 million Mental Health Infrastructure program.

“This is part of the NSW Government’s long term plan to help our mental health facilities refresh their physical environment so they support modern care models,” Mrs Davies said.


  • If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14. For local mental health services phone NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.