Men­tal health hubs vow

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

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.

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