Children’s Clinical Mental Health Funding Up By 40% Since 2010

Children’s Clinical Mental Health Funding Up By 40% Since 2010

Victoria Premier Denis Napthine

Napthine Government Puts Mental Health Care For Young People First

Victor P Taffa

The Napthine Government is investing in critical frontline mental health services that will make a real and practical difference to improving outcomes for young people with a mental illness.

“We have already provided a significant increase to resources for young people with a mental illness, boosting funding for children’s clinical mental health by more than 40 % since 2010.” Premier Denis Napthine said.

 

 

 

 

“This year alone we’ve invested $1.26 Billion in mental health services – an additional $644 Million since coming into government.”

“Labor’s promise for a shiny new building for Pat McGorry – doesn’t fund any new research or any new services and in fact, falls short of the $110 Million needed for the full re-build. It’s not even clear how and when this facility will be funded.”

“This $60 Million could build 170 new youth mental health beds in the community – increasing the states capacity by more than five-fold.” Dr. Napthine said. A Re-Elected Napthine Government has already committed to deliver:

  • $10 Million to improve treatment and support for people with an eating disorder, their families and carers.
  • $16.6 Million in new initiatives to support school-aged children with, or at risk of developing, a mental illness – including additional clinical services for 2-11 year-olds, and Victoria’s first child-only Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility.
  • $4.9 Million to promote mental health and well-being for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) young people.
  • $32.4 Million to boost community-based mental health care for seniors, a new hotline and information service for children and carers of older people with a mental illness;
  • $8 Million to redevelop Ballarat hospital’s existing 12-bed Secure Extended Care Unit (SECU) for people with severe mental illness.