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Dr Murray Wright

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Dr Murray Wright is a clinical psychiatrist and the Clinical Director of the North Shore Ryde Mental Health Service, which includes responsibility for the Mental Health services based at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH).

Dedicated to the education of aspiring young psychiatrists, Dr Wright is involved in the University of Sydney Undergraduate Medicine teaching program as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Northern Clinical School. He also leads the Psychiatry State Training Committee at the Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI). Appointed as Clinical Chair in 2008, this facility oversees all psychiatry training for doctors in NSW.

Dr Wright has 20 years of experience in clinical psychiatry and has held senior executive management positions in mental health, and drug and alcohol units in both metropolitan and rural services. These roles have given him experience in operational management, service planning and hospital redevelopment.

Dr Wright has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and is a published author in both national and international psychiatry journals.

Dr Wright’s position on how the current RNSH redevelopment plan will affect Mental Health services

The proposed changes to the hospital redevelopment have amounted to the abandonment of a carefully designed and purpose-built Mental Health department housed within the new Acute Services Building (ASB). The displacement of this department from the ASB to a refitted building on the other side of the campus is of serious concern to the Mental Health staff. A refitted building, originally designed for other purposes, means that clinically important design features that are unique to Mental Health care are not catered for. This will severely limit the quality of service provided to mentally ill patients.

Dr Wright’s thoughts on the best way to house Mental Health services in the new hospital

The team of Mental Health staff strongly believe that the original plan that houses Mental Health services in a purpose-built facility within the new ASB should remain in place. An appropriate alternative would be a purpose-built, stand-alone building in close proximity to acute medical services. However, the divestment of land makes this solution unrealistic. Despite participating in discussions and planning meetings for several months, we are still greatly concerned with the plans for Mental Health services and we remain unconvinced that our concerns will be adequately addressed in the redevelopment.