Fed­eral re­sponse

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL -

LATE last year, the Coali­tion gov­ern­ment an­nounced a men­tal health re­form with sev­eral el­e­ments, in­clud­ing a plan where lo­cal Pri­mary Health Net­works would de­cide what men­tal health ser­vices would best suit their com­mu­nity’s needs.

Health Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley said this re­form was a “re­gion­alised ap­proach” to ser­vice de­liv­ery.

She also said the gov­ern­ment would es­tab­lish a dig­i­tal men­tal health sys­tem where pa­tients could con­nect via phone or web­site.

Shadow men­tal health min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Katy Gal­lagher says La­bor be­lieves men­tal health must be a pri­or­ity.

She said a Bill Shorten gov­ern­ment would ex­tend re­gional health ser­vices to in­clude re­gion­al­ly­tai­lored men­tal health ser­vices through Pri­mary Health Net­works.

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