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Mental Health Nurse Calls for More Worker Support

A Goulburn based behavioral health nurse is calling for better support and supervision for workers in regional areas.

Jeff Wilson works for the Southern New South Wales Medicare Local and says while most organizations highly recommend clinical supervision of behavioral health staff, it often does not occur.

He has organized a forum in Goulburn today linking workers with supervisors, and hopes to eventually be able to offer supervisor training programs across the state.

Mr Wilson says having a clinical supervisor is vital.

"You need that structure there, to know you're providing the best possible care for the people that you're seeing," he said.

"But also the support you require when you're working in isolation and independently.

"You're working in a very high stress area.

"There's a lot of pressure involved, a lot of emotion involved in a lot of the work you do, so it's good to have that independent support."

Mr Wilson says it is hoped today's event will allow workers and supervisors.

"(And) Not just behavioral health nurses or behavioral health professionals.

"There's a lot of non government organizations working in the behavioral health field now and they have clinicians that are providing care for behavioral health issues.

"I think it should be covering everybody that's providing any sort of clinical type of care."


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