Improve the mental health of cancer patients
Up to 40 per cent of cancer patients experience clinically-significant mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
Dedicated funding for specialised liaison psychiatry, clinical psychology and specialist oncology social workers to keep up with the growing demand for support for complex cancer patients is critical.
Ongoing education for cancer health professionals to improve system-wide management of the mental health of cancer patients is vital. To support this, we propose the following strategies;
- Increase the state’s dedicated Clinical Liaison Psychiatry position to 0.5 FTE
- Increase funding for clinical psychology and specialist oncology social workers to meet the needs of the most complex cancer patients
- Dedicate funding to increase the capacity of the cancer workforce to improve the mental health of people living with cancer
We call on the next state government to commit $350k per annum of dedicated funding for 4 years to enable improved psychological care and support to reach more West Australians.
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