February 5, 2016
Image: Dr. Staverton (Tony) Kautoke, Psychiatrist
Rising demands on the Tongan Health Society’s mental health service have resulted in an innovative way to meet those demands within budget.
For more than a decade the service consisted of a mental health nurse who primarily focused on patients to ensure they were taking their medications as prescribed, medication side effects monitoring, as well as dealing with non-clinical issues such as housing and benefits. But CEO and Medical Director Dr Glenn Doherty saw the need to provide a wider range of mental health services.