Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin.
Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer.
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Turnbull Coalition committed to Strengthening Mental Health Care in Deakin

Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin, today welcomed a re-elected Turnbull Coalition commitment of $192 million to step up its national mental health reforms, with extra help for individuals and families across Deakin.

“Under the Coalition Government, we will spend $33 million across 10 Primary Health Network (PHN) Mental Health lead sites including our local Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network,” Michael said.

“The local trials, to commence in 2016-17, will establish regional service pathways, demonstrate models of stepped care (where the level of care is matched to severity of illness), and explore the use of digital technology to provide important support for individuals.

The Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network will be investigating models of low intensity stepped care.

“This is in addition to a series of important steps, already undertaken in our first term, including the commissioning of regionally-delivered mental health services through the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network in partnership with the Victorian government and local service providers.”

In addition, our National Suicide Prevention Strategy will address the current fragmented approach and build on what is working well to develop effective strategies to prevent suicide and reduce suicidal behaviour.

The other key elements of today’s package are:

  • $24 million for 8 Suicide Prevention trial sites, and a total of 12 Suicide Prevention sites including our four PHN lead sites
  • $12 million for a new Suicide Prevention Research Fund and Best Practice Hub to support targeted research and evaluation, and support the PHNs in their role
  • Guaranteed funding for headspace
  • Guaranteed funding for six youth early psychosis services until 2019
  • $20 million for an additional 10 headspace centres, bringing the total to 110, with a focus on additional services in rural and regional areas
  • $30 million for 21st century digital technologies to support mental health reforms
  • $2.5 million to Lifeline to trial a Crisis Text service
  • The independent National Mental Health Commission to oversee and report annually on the progress and implementation of these important reforms.

“The Coalition Government understands the significant impact of depression, anxiety and poor mental health on individuals and our productivity as a nation.

“These mental health reforms will result in better personalised support and care, greater opportunity and better lives for people in Deakin.

“We are a Government that has made mental health a first term priority and this extra funding demonstrates our commitment to ensure it remains front and centre going forward”, Michael said.