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Mental Health Nurses work in collaboration with Doctors in General Practice to assist in the case management, outreach support and co-ordinated care of patients with mental illness, helping them to achieve their recovery goals and manage their condition. Mental Health Nurses focus on the care of people with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, psychosis and trauma, working closely with people from all social, cultural and socio-economic background.
People who are diagnosed with a mental disorder by their Doctor at the Townsville GP Superclinic which is significantly impacting their social, personal and work life, may seek the services of a qualified credentialed Mental Health Nurse who will support the Mental Health Care Plan developed by their Doctor. Mental Health Treatment Plans involve the you and your doctor discussing your medical history, social situation and lifestyle to better understand why you are feeling the way you are and then outlining a plan suited to improving your mental health.
Mental Health Nurses consider the person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs in partnership with their family/carers, and will assist with reviews of the patient’s mental status, medication monitoring and management, assistance with daily living skills, counselling and information on physical health care. They will also co-ordinate services for the patient in relation to their doctor and other allied health workers and can also as appropriate, establish links with organisations that provide services under such programs as Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors Service.
Brendan Porter the Mental Health Nurse at the Townsville GP Superclinic, co-ordinates the care of patients under the Mental Health Nurse Incentives program. Brendan is available for appointments at different times during the week, often in the evenings and Saturdays.