Press Release

Minister O’Malley officially opens the Mental Health Nurse Manager’s National Conference

Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (Thursday 27th April, 2006) officially opened the Mental Health Nurse Manager’s National Conference ‘Back to the Future’, in the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.

The Minister said that “as policy makers in mental health we must aim to make delivery of mental healthcare more equitable and effective countrywide, and recognise that a collaborative approach represents the best way forward for both the service user and the service provider”.

The Minister referred to the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which he established in August 2003 to prepare a national policy framework for the further modernisation of mental health services.

The Minister said ‘A Vision for Change’ the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, which was launched in January 2006, had been accepted by Government as the basis for the future development of mental health policy.

The Minister said that the Report “outlines a set of values and principles that will guide both Government and service providers as we proceed to develop a modern, high quality mental health service”.

The Report recommends that Community Mental Health Teams should be the cornerstone of mental health service delivery. It recommends that well-trained, fully staffed, community-based, multidisciplinary teams be put in place in all services, providing mental health care across the individual’s lifespan, from childhood to old age.

The Minister paid tribute to everyone involved in the organisation of the conference and also commended the Nurse Managers for their commitment to the development of the mental health services.