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INQUEST FINDS RIVERLAND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES UNDER-RESOURCED

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The Father of a young Riverland man, who tragically took his life is calling for a review of mental health services in the Riverland.

27-year-old Theo Papageorgiou of Cooltong died in 2016, following a number of presentations at local health providers, including the region’s major hospital.  

A Deputy Coroner’s inquest of the death was handed down this month,  finding a number of failings with local mental health services, with Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel saying it could extend to other country areas.

Speaking recently, Theo’s Father Jack Papageorgiou said he will continue to push for a review of local mental health services, adding more needs to be done outside of Adelaide. 

As reported in The Advertiser, Mr Papageorgiou said “The system should have been better than what it was for our son.”

The inquest outlined a number of concerning issues, including the limited number of Psychiatrists working in regional South Australia, as well as poor communication systems between health providers.

The inquest report did note however that SA Health were continuing the implement the recommendations of the SA's former Chief Psychiatrist.  

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