A staffing dispute involving Coffs Harbour Community Mental Health appears to have been settled.
A staffing dispute involving Coffs Harbour Community Mental Health appears to have been settled. Trevor Veale

Mental health staffing issue settled at Coffs Harbour

NURSING staff have secured a win over workloads issues at Coffs Harbour Community Mental Health.

Following a review and weeks of negotiation, Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) management agreed to allocate one additional full-time equivalent and annual leave relief position within the extended care service team.

In April this year, members of Coffs Harbour Mental Health branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association took action to manage their own workloads after negotiations with management broke down.

General secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said he was pleased the LHD recognised the seriousness of the situation and had agreed to provide the additional full-time position.

"The nursing staff at Coffs Harbour Community Mental Health will be able to return to managing reasonable caseloads and deliver the appropriate level of support to their clients," he said.

"Nursing staff within the extended care service provide invaluable care, assisting vulnerable members of the community to stay out of acute mental health inpatient units and still access the dedicated support they require."



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