NSW Nationals Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor recently joined Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest to officially open the $700,000 refurbishment to patient environments and common areas in the Kurrajong Mental Health Unit.

The improvements were designed in conjunction with patients, carers and staff and, include a new gym, sensory room, refurbished media room, quiet family room. improved activity areas, and two courtyards.

“Having mental health consumers and staff guide the design of the refurbishment has resulted in the best outcome, and has allowed patients to have their voices heard,” Mrs Taylor said.

“New landscaping, interior design and colourful spaces are supporting better care and recovery for mental health patients in the Tweed region,”

“Well-designed and inviting physical spaces in acute mental health units help our consumers by meeting their needs for security and connection,” Mrs Taylor said.

The collaborative design involved a range of consultative measures such as interviews, observations and group discussions.

Northern NSW Local Health District General Manager, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol, Dee Robinson, said “It’s been a privilege to work with our staff and consumers in designing these renovations.”

“The refurbished common and patient areas build on the work being done at the clinical and operational levels to improve the care we provide to patients in Northern NSW.”

This project is part of the $700 million State Wide Mental Health Infrastructure Program.