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Victorian Budget 21/22

Care when it’s needed most

If you’re in need of serious support, you shouldn't have to wait for help. And yet right now, that’s the experience of thousands of Victorians.

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It’s the reason the Victorian Government is investing $370 million in acute mental health services, making sure that Victorians are getting the ongoing support they so desperately deserve.

That includes funding to make 53 recently-built acute and youth beds available for patients, and opening 35 acute mental health beds specifically for Victorian women in need.

Hospital in the Home beds

Funding of $36 million will operationalise 24 Hospital in the Home beds, which have been commissioned throughout 2020-21. These are an innovative alternative to acute hospital-based treatment, providing wraparound care for Victorians in the comfort of their own homes.

This investment builds on the 179 additional beds funded in last year’s Budget.

New HOPE sites

Funding will also ensure the nine new Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) sites funded in last year's Budget can continue to provide care to their communities, including locations in Warrnambool, Shepparton, Mildura, Box Hill, the Royal Melbourne, Monash Medical Centre, Austin Health, Broadmeadows and Epping.

14-day support program

Funding of $5.1 million will develop and trial an intensive 14-day support program for adults who are experiencing psychological distress.

New Statewide Trauma Service

We will also start planning work to establish a new Statewide Trauma Service, to bring together mental health practitioners, trauma experts, peer workers and Victorians with lived experience of trauma to undertake research, education and training to support our mental health workforce deliver trauma-informed care.

New resources for workplaces, schools and communities

And because we know this issue impacts all Victorians, new resources will be made available to workplaces, schools and communities on how to identify and support someone in acute need.

Media releases

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