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Mental health unit without fulltime psychologist for more than two years

Campbelltown Hospital’s adolescent mental health care unit had been without a full-time clinical psychologist for more than two years.

The revelation came during State Budget estimates, which were told that between October 2, 2016 and June 10, 2019 the unit, known as Birunji, went without a fulltime clinical psychologist.

The NSW Labor opposition say they are “shocked’’ the State Government had failed to ensure the safety of young people by leaving them without proper access to care during that period.

Labor concedes two full-time equivalent staff were hired in June and September this year, although due to personal reasons only one clinical psychologist working three days a week commenced employment.

Labor’s mental health spokesperson, Tara Moriarty, said “it is completely unacceptable that young people at Campbelltown Hospital are not receiving the care they need or deserve.

 “It is completely unacceptable that there was not a full-time clinical psychologist for over two and a half years,’’ Ms Moriarty said.

“This not only puts pressure on the individual and their family in their greatest time of need but also on hospital staff.

“People are calling out for help, but this government is just not listening.”

The State Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren echoed Ms Moriarty’s sentiment.

“This proves the NSW Liberals aren’t treating the mental health crisis at Campbelltown Hospital with the respect it deserves,” he said.

 “Two and a half years without a full time psychologist is ludicrous.

“This is a matter of life and death – something the NSW Liberals fail to understand.”

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