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A new consulting and observation area that will assist practitioners to better treat young mental health patients can now be developed in Sale thanks to $76,324 from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the funding would allow Latrobe Regional Hospital to create a specific children’s area with a play room and viewing area for training and therapy observation at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Sale.
“This funding, provided through the Coalition Government’s Mental Health Community Support Services program, will provide a space that will be more inviting and practical for children, youth and families accessing these services,” Mr Ryan said.
“There is no doubt that the physical environment plays an important part in the service experience for consumers and I am delighted that the Liberal National Coalition Government can deliver imperative health outcomes like this for regional Victorians regardless of their age.”
Mr Ryan said Latrobe Regional Hospital’s Sale service was one of 12 organisations to be awarded a grant as part of the $2.5 million of funding to enhance clinical community mental health services.
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said grants such as this enabled health providers to redevelop existing buildings and amenities, establish new facilities, improve security, expand services and, overall, provide a better environment for staff and clients.
Ms Wooldridge said the Coalition Government was investing more than $100 million each year in community-based mental healthcare, which assisted more than 12,500 people to access services in the community rather than in hospital settings.
“Victoria’s Priorities for Mental Health Reform 2013-15, outlines a reform agenda, which will ensure that Victoria continues to lead the way with quality and responsive care,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“Our reforms are putting individuals and families at the heart of mental health services and investing in services to improve the lives of people with a mental illness.
“The investment in these facilities will deliver improved services and better cater for the needs of people with a mental illness and their families.”
Further funding under this program will be available in 2014 following completion of the recommissioning of the MHCSS sector.
For more information on Victoria’s Priorities for Mental Health Reform 2013-15 visit www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/prioritiesMedia contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 firstname.lastname@example.org