‘Woefully lacking’: Mother forced to travel to regional NSW for child’s mental health treatment

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A Canberra mother has labelled ACT’s youth mental health services as “woefully lacking”, saying she was forced to travel to regional NSW to find a psychiatrist to treat her child.

Rachael, who asked to only be referred to by her first name, said another one of her children had been turned away from Canberra Hospital after waiting for hours for urgent mental health treatment.

Appearing before an ACT Parliamentary inquiry into youth mental health, Rachael said she was unable to find a female psychiatrist with open bookings to see her child.