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March 2011

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Goulburn Valley Mental Health Services’ Julie McNamara and Robyn Jones at the opening of the Wanyarra family room.

Families find comfort in Shepparton mental health facility

Goulburn Valley Health has officially opened a purpose-built family room at Shepparton’s adult acute inpatient mental health unit, Wanyarra.

Decked out with comfy couches, cushions and mini-activity bags for visiting children, the room provides a safe and relaxed environment for families.

GV Health Mental Health Services Executive Director Bill Brown said the room was built for families to have discreet chats with loved ones.

‘It can be quite daunting for families to enter mental health facilities and, sometimes, there are difficult conversations that need to take place within families.

‘This new facility is a positive step forward for local mental health care and a great benefit for consumers and their families,’ Mr Brown said.

The initiative and drive for this major project came from the Consumer and Carer Advisory Council of Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Services.

Carers and families were consulted and their needs considered in the development and implementation of this facility.

The $12,000 funding to establish the new family room was provided by the Victorian Government.