Getting in the right headspace
Young people will get faster access to mental health treatment and early intervention services under a $461 million mental health and suicide prevention strategy.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the strategy would help tackle the “national tragedy” of youth suicide – an issue that “demands our ongoing attention and resources”.
Most of that funding will go to Headspace, a service set up in 2006 to give “tailored and holistic mental health support to
The proposals include $152 million for the National Headspace Network to reduce waiting lists, $111.3 million to provide 30 new Headspace services, $109.7 million to extend the Early Psychosis Youth Services program and $114.5 million to trial eight adult mental health
The government is providing $54 million over six years to establish four specialist residential facilities for eating disorders.
Another $5.5 million over four years will provide additional mental health services for people in Tasmania, Victoria
Other health measures in last night’s Budget include:
- $80 billion for more MRI machines, additional life-changing medicines on the PBS, better access to GPs, hospitals and dental services
- Funding upgrades to regional hospitals, the first being in Townsville
- Establishing Australia's first comprehensive children's cancer
- Helping to build a new Brain and Spinal Ward in South Australia
- $500 million for a Royal Commission into the mistreatment of people with disability.