Gladstone Hospital welcomes new psychiatrist
6 March 2020
Dr Thet Htay is looking forward to making a positive contribution to mental health services in Gladstone.
Dr Htay started last week in his permanent position as consultant psychiatrist with CQ Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service at the Gladstone Hospital campus.
Specialising in adult psychiatry, Dr Htay brings with him more than 18 years’ experience in the UK.
“Each area is unique, and I look forward to learning more about Gladstone,” he said.
Dr Htay joins a dedicated team of local mental health professionals, including two psychiatric registrars, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers and an indigenous health worker.
They are also supported by a second consultant psychiatrist available via video-conference.
Dr Htay said the strength of community-based psychiatric services was the focus on recovery and a wholistic approach to mental health.
“It’s not just about medication. We have a multi-disciplinary team approach and also collaborate with different organisations depending on the needs of the patient.”
Gladstone also has a short-term residential service, Step Up Step Down, which gives people experiencing mental health issues a safe place to recover and transition to living safely in the community while being supported by specialist mental health staff.
Dr Htay hasn’t wasted any time settling in, instead getting straight to the part of the job he loves most – seeing patients.
“I am really grateful to patients for sharing their stories,” he said.
“It is so interesting to listen to their life story and try to understand what is happening in their life and discuss together how we can improve things.
“It’s also rewarding to see the progress they make.”
Outside of work, Dr Htay is looking forward to discovering Gladstone with his wife and finding some great locations to jog and swim.
The couple have two grown daughters who remain in the UK, but Dr Htay is hopeful he’ll be able to encourage them to holiday in Australia.
* If you or a family member is experiencing mental health issues, you can 1300 MHCALL (1300 642255) 24 hours a day / seven days a week.
For more information on CQ Mental Health services, including Step Up Step Down, go to https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/services/mental-health/services