Mental health pair make a return visit

Thursday May 04, 2017 Written by Published in Health
Dr Tekaai Nelesoni, Dr Rangi Fariu, New Zealand clinical psychologist Dr Epenesa Olo-Whannga, psychiatrist Dr Francis Angew and Dr Anna Paniani at Community Health Services in Apa Tupapa earlier this week. 16040614 Dr Tekaai Nelesoni, Dr Rangi Fariu, New Zealand clinical psychologist Dr Epenesa Olo-Whannga, psychiatrist Dr Francis Angew and Dr Anna Paniani at Community Health Services in Apa Tupapa earlier this week. 16040614

A clinical psychologist and psychiatrist will visit the Cook Islands from May 15 for two weeks.

 

Director of Psychiatric Services at the Ministry of Health Cook Islands Dr Rangi Fariu said the New Zealand specialists will be available for consultations from May 15 in Rarotonga at the Apa Tupapa Health Centre.

They will also hold consultations on Aitutaki from May 19.

Both specialists have visited the Cook Islands many times for the mental health programme, in which is conducted two or three times a year.

 “The team visit Rarotonga regularly, reviewing cases that we have, making observations, and offering advice and knowledge to nurses where or if necessary.

“There are some reoccurring mental health cases on Rarotonga, and having the specialist here gives us confirmation that we (psychiatric services Cook Islands) are doing all we can,” Fariu said.

Asked about any new issues psychiatric services in this country may be facing, Fariu said the elderly population was increasing and more elderly people were developing dementia.

“Within that we are seeing more elderly people develop dementia. We are treating those we can, but there is only so much that can be done.”

Clinical psychologist Dr Epenesa Olo-Whaanga will visit schools, observing children and focusing on children with autism and individuals with developmental problems.

Dr Francis Agnew, a psychiatrist, will address mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, depression and schizophrenia.

Dr Fariu added that both doctors will be busy during their visit, but will set aside time to visit mental health patients at Arorangi Prison and children with developmental problems at schools on Rarotonga

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