Mental Health Victoria welcomes Australian Government funding of 15 mental health clinics across Victoria

Mental Health Victoria welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of $31.9 million to create 15 mental health clinics across Victoria.

The funding will establish 15 dedicated mental health clinics at existing health centres in the community, providing access to on-site support and referrals through a team of multidisciplinary mental health workers including psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, and alcohol and drug workers. Six of these clinics will be located in regional areas.

Mental Health Victoria CEO Angus Clelland said that COVID-19 was having a profound impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians.

“The pandemic is placing further pressure on an already-strained mental health system which makes such initiatives so important at this time,” Mr Clelland said.

Mr Clelland also welcomed the announcement that Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews had agreed to jointly establish a new Victorian Mental Health Taskforce to assist with on-the-ground coordination.

“The establishment of the taskforce will be critical, given that mental health is a dual CommonwealthState responsibility and it is often difficult for those seeking help to navigate the complexities of the service system,” Mr Clelland said.

“We are pleased the Victorian Government has acted now to provide this critical support and  look forward to further such investments once the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System hands down its final report later this year."

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