Renewed therapeutic environments support patients in Northern NSW

Renewed therapeutic environments support patients in Northern NSW
Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor, today visited Lismore and Tweed to officially open $1.8 million refurbishments to patient environments and common areas in the Kamala Child and Adolescent, Tallowwood Adult Mental Health, and Tweed Kurrajong Mental Health Unit.

The improvements were designed in conjunction with patients, carers and staff.

“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 patients in Lismore’s Mental Health Units,” Mrs Taylor said.

The Tallowwood works include upgrades to the reception and waiting area, patient lounge, bedrooms, bathrooms, five courtyards and three kitchens.

Improvements in the Kamala Unit include the redevelopment of the sensory room, patient bedrooms, bathrooms, nurses station, two courtyards, and the creation of a relaxation nook.

Artist Xana Denruyter created stunning murals of native plants for the Tallowwood courtyard and scenes of local beaches for the Kamala courtyard.

In Tweed, improvements include a new gym, sensory room, refurbished media room, quiet family room. improved activity areas, and two courtyards.

“It’s been a privilege to work with our staff and consumers in designing these renovations, Northern NSW Local Health District General Manager, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol, Dee Robinson, said.
“The renovations build on the work being done at the clinical and operational levels to improve the care we provided to patients in Northern NSW.”

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

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