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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 25 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 26, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Future' of mental health Callan Park is the past, this is the future' ' -- Premier MORRIS IEMMA Premier Morris Iemma with Paul Lynch and Angela D'Amore walk through the grounds of Concord Hospital. CONCORD Hospital's $58 million mental health unit has been hailed a revolution in psychiatric ser- vices by Premier Morris Iemma. The Premier cut the ribbon on the 174-bed unit on Friday and said the unit's proximity to Con- cord Hospital was an advantage for patients who needed specialist or general health services. ''Callan Park is the past, this is the future,'' he said. The unit's 12 buildings include male and female only wards, 30 acute beds for older people and an extended care unit for teenagers. The patient areas have single rooms, offering more privacy. Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore said the facility would benefit people from the Inner West. ''This excellent facility at Con- cord is all about providing new hope for a better future and better life for people who need more compassion and support,'' she said. However Jean Lennane from the Friends of Callan Park said while she welcomed the new unit there was still a need for Rozelle Hospital, which was closed in May, to be re-opened. ''There is strong community support for maintaining the hospital at Callan Park because of the gross shortage of mental health facilities, and the need for far more services, which could be partly remedied by re- establishing the hospital now,'' Dr Lennane said. Councils given new ethics code NEW rules to guide the ethical behaviour of councils have been released via an updated model code of conduct for all local coun- cils. One of the biggest changes is the addition of an independent con- duct review committee which may be charged with the duty of assess- ing more serious complaints. These committees, of three or more people, may also act for more than one council and will no longer include a council's general man- ager or mayor. A complaint may also be investi- gated by an individual reviewer, if deemed appropriate by a general manager. Conduct review committee re- ports will generally be made public in a full open meeting of a council and complainants must also be informed about the outcome of their complaint in writing. Payment of the reviewers is a matter for each individual council. The new rules also cover politi- cal donations. Political donations to council- lors of more than $1000 must be treated as a significant conflict of interest. Donations below that must also be assessed regarding their potential to create significant conflict of interest. Council staff will be expected to manage any conflicts of interest in consultation with their managers. The new rules came into effect on June 20
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