Mental health - Budget 2011

‘Australians with a mental illness will get the care they need, when they need it, under a $2.2 billion reform package (over five years) for mental health services.’ Now that’s a big claim. We hope it is possible. The breakdown of core components of this program is as follows:

‘Australians with a mental illness will get the care they need, when they need it, under a $2.2 billion reform package (over five years) for mental health services.’ Now that’s a big claim. We hope it is possible. The breakdown of core components of this program is as follows:
• $343 million over five years for better coordinated services for the severely mentally ill
• $220 million also over five years to strengthen primary care (through funding psychological services) for approximately 185,000 people over this time. There is also $14 million earmarked for e-mental health services for those who wish to interact online rather than access a provider face-to-face
• $491 (over five years) for children, teenagers and young adults with increased funding to Professor Pat McGorry’s Headspace and early intervention centres.





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