GPH Welcomes Mental Health Boost

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May 12, 2021

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) has welcomed news of a $2.3 billion boost to Mental Health in the Federal Budget overnight.

 The announcement includes $298 million for suicide Aftercare and a National Suicide Prevention Office, $1.4 billion for treatment and services - including an expansion of the headspace network, as well as $4 million for people impacted by recent bushfires to receive 10 free trauma and distress counselling sessions.

 GPH CEO Ron de Jongh says it’s a significant investment:

 “Overall, it’s very positive news, a large injection of new funding that builds on some successful initiatives already in place.”

 “It’s great to hear plans for a more streamlined approach between the Federal and State Governments when it comes to suicide prevention and we hope that will result in a more seamless approach for consumers.”

“We also welcome the $202 million for strengthening workforce and governance arrangements, including $58.8 million to grow the mental health workforce but question whether it will go far enough.”

“It can be very difficult to find suitably qualified staff in some of our regional hubs in order to meet demand for our services, so that’s an area we will be watching very closely,” added Mr de Jongh.

For more information on the budgets mental health announcements please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/budgets-historic-23-billion-investment-in-mental-health-and-suicide-prevention

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