Funding For North-West Tasmania Mental Health Services To Be Increased

Funding For North-West Tasmania Mental Health Services To Be Increased

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

Mental Health Funding Welcomed

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to fund important mental health services in North-West Tasmania.

$4.8 Million over 4 years will go towards employing mental health nurses and extra support for patients in regional areas, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

It includes:

  • $1.6 Million to Psychology CAFFE for additional psychological services in Devonport for people with moderate to high complexity mental health issues,
  • $2.4 Million for a new extended hours Devonport mental health nursing service to support regional residents with more complex mental health needs, to help them avoid hospitalisation,
  • $600,000 for a new psychology service for Burnie residents,
  • $200,000 for additional services for people with complex mental health needs in the western end of the region, and to extend the service to King Island.

“We are proud to be working closely with our federal colleagues to invest in important health services.” Minister Ferguson said.

“Mental health is a priority for the Tasmanian Government and we will continue to support initiatives that improve services in our state.”

“This new funding will complement the $95 million mental health plan we are rolling out, which will deliver 25 new community-based mental health beds and specialist inpatient child and adolescent mental health facilities for the first time ever.” Minister Ferguson said.