The impact of COVID-19 on the labour market in Western Australia has been significant. For Richmond Wellbeing, levels of staffing have reached a critical point in our Bunbury Step Up Step Down (SUSD) service and given this, we have made the decision to temporarily cease taking referrals for SUSD until further notice.
This decision has been made in consultation with the Mental Health Commission and the Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS). Whilst this has been a difficult decision to make, it has been made to ensure the safety of residents and staff and in the best interests of the service as a whole.
Our aim is that this will be a short-term suspension of the residential component of this service and there will be further communications when referrals re-open at a suitable time in the new year.
In the interim period we will be working closely with our colleagues from WACHS to explore how Richmond Wellbeing can support the mental health of the local community via alternative temporary program offerings.
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