26 September 2023

Marney to overhaul Banksia Hill detention

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A new model of care for young people at Banksia Hill Detention Centre is to be introduced by the Department of Justice.

Appointed to execute the comprehensive change management plan, former Mental Health Commissioner and Under Treasurer, Tim Marney is to aim at giving detainees the care and services they needed.

Minister for Corrective Services, Bill Johnston said that while working at a management consultancy, Mr Marney (pictured) led the development of a new operating philosophy and service model to guide how Banksia Hill functioned.

“The model is founded on best practice in youth justice in Australia and overseas, focusing on rehabilitation and reducing reoffending behaviour through a trauma-informed, therapeutic approach, in turn enabling the safety of all staff,” Mr Johnston said.

“Tim Marney brings to this task a wealth of experience in delivering Government, professional and mental health services.”

The Minister said the model of care underpinned the structural improvements that would make Banksia Hill safer for the young people and staff and included construction of a Crisis Care Unit.”

Mr Marney was Under Treasurer from 2004 to 2014 and then led the Mental Health Commission for five years.

He served on the board of Beyond Blue for nearly 12 years, is Chair of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Richmond Wellbeing and is a Board member of Reconciliation WA.

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