October 07, 2020
Grand Pacific Health has welcomed a $5.7 billion boost in last night’s Federal Budget to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiatives.
Announcements included; a doubling of the number of Psychology appointments a person with a Mental Health Care Plan can receive under the Better Access Initiative from 10 to 20 sessions, the continuation of the telehealth Medicare Benefit Scheme billing items, the three year extension of the IPS (Individual Placement Support for young people) trials at Nowra and Bega headspace centres, an expansion of the headspace network and small grants to assist community recovery in fire-affected areas.
GPH CEO Ron de Jongh says expanding the Medicare rebate to cover video and telephone sessions has been crucial during the pandemic, particularly in the context of headspace centres - where staff and contractors are providing psychological support to young people during what’s been an extremely difficult year.
“This is great news for the people we support,” said Mr de Jongh.
“Bushfires, floods and COVID-19 have all had a significant impact on the communities we work in, so these are welcome announcements that will make a real difference.”
“The IPS program is also having a positive impact by helping young people with mental health challenges to find and keep a job,” added Mr de Jongh.
More information on the Federal Governments announcement can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/budget-2020-21-record-health-and-aged-care-investment-under-australias-covid-19-pandemic-plan
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