Mental health hubs vow
New Community Mental Health Hubs will be established across Victoria if the Liberal Nationals are elected to Government.
The election promise includes improving access to mental health services in areas like Benalla and relieving pressure on emergency departments and hospitals.
The $24 million plan to trial three new Hubs, one in regional Victoria, is in response to demand for better access to early intervention and a need to reduce pressure on emergency services and hospitals.
An expert multi-disciplined team including GPs, psychiatrists, addiction specialists and allied health professionals will be based at each centre ensuring people get the right support, at the right time.
The Hubs will provide stepped care, so clients can visit one place for mental health support that can be ‘‘stepped up’’ to more intensive support if needed.
The trial is also expected to significant efficiencies through achieve the co- location of services and provide a model for longer-term investment decisions.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said too many Victorians were finding it harder to access mental health support.
‘‘Better access to mental health services will empower Victorians to regain control of their lives, maintain friendships and stay connected to employment and their community,’’ Ms Kealy said.
‘‘The Liberal Nationals will improve access to professional support and colocate services to make sure Victorians seeking help for mental health issues can get the right help, at the right time.’’
Without adequate access to early intervention, people are presenting in-crisis at hospital emergency departments or are at increased risk of getting caught up in the justice system.
The new Community Mental Health Hubs will be trialled at Primary Health Networks in Frankston, Albert Park and Regional Victoria.