MP push for funds

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - El­lie Honey­bone

To­mor­row’s State Bud­get de­liv­ery of $865.8 mil­lion to the Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion has left some local com­mu­nity mem­bers in doubt over fund­ing com­mit­ments to ser­vices in the Peel re­gion.

The Rock­ing­ham and Man­durah com­mu­ni­ties were thrust into the spot­light last month af­ter a num­ber of teenage sui­cides left men­tal health sup­port an im­por­tant topic of dis­cus­sion, but so far the State Govern­ment is yet to pledge any spe­cific help for the re­gion.

The Bud­get’s men­tal health pledge is a new record and 83.9 per cent in­crease to the sec­tor since 2008-09.

Ac­cord­ing to Premier Colin Bar­nett, the fund­ing will be used to en­sure a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of men­tal ill­ness and sup­port not-for­profit agen­cies.

How­ever, there has been lit­tle talk of Peel, and Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man plans to dis­cuss the mat­ter in Par­lia­ment to­mor­row.

“Any in­crease in men­tal health fund­ing is wel­comed,” he said.

“But we have a ma­jor issue here in the Peel Re­gion where timely, on­go­ing and pre­ven­ta­tive men­tal health ser­vices are lack­ing.

“There is still an as­sump­tion from Perth-based ser­vices that Man­durah is ad­e­quately ser­viced and this is to­tally wrong. We have the 3 Tier Youth Men­tal Health Pro­gram, al­ready eval­u­ated and ready to hit the ground run­ning, which now can be funded from the an­nounced ex­tra money.”

The 3 Tier Youth Men­tal Health Pro­gram is co-or­di­nated by GP Down South. Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Eleanor Brit­ton said it was fan­tas­tic to see any com­mit­ment to men­tal health.

“It is great to see the State Govern­ment’s pledge, but we would like to see it flow through to Man­durah and the Peel area to sup­port our young peo­ple.”

Mr Tem­ple­man said the lack of men­tal health beds in the Peel re­gion should be a pri­or­ity.

Men­tal Health and Child Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell said a key com­mit­ment was $19.2 mil­lion over three years for the North West Drug and Al­co­hol Sup­port Pro­gram, funded through Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said Roy­al­ties for Re­gions was con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in strate­gic re­gional health ini­tia­tives to en­hance re­gional WA ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

The com­mis­sion’s Bud­get would also de­liver fund­ing for ded­i­cated youth and ado­les­cent men­tal health beds at Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal.

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