Podcast: How important is the Coalition’s promised funding for mental health?

"World Mental Health Day" by Michael Driver (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

The Coalition government’s election policies included major funding for mental health. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated he had budgeted and committed funding for:

  • $263.3 million for Headspace;
  • $114.5 million for eight adult mental health centres;
  • $70 million for eating disorder treatment facilities and national coordination for eating disorders treatment;
  • $43.9 million for perinatal mental health;
  • $15 million to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for improved data on self-harm and suicide;
  • $11.5 million to the National Mental Health Commission for the National Mental Health Workplace initiative.
  • $19.6 million towards the Indigenous advancement strategy to prevent youth suicide, and the creation of a new position of special adviser for suicide prevention.

After the Coalition secured the 2019 Federal Election win, public health nurse Shirley Jones spoke to D*Scribe about what this funding means for mental health workers on the ground.

If you, or a loved one, are experiencing a mental health problem you can seek help here:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
  • Headspace 1800 650 890
  • QLife 1800 184 527


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