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Victorian Budget 21/22

A front door and more pathways for care

The Royal Commission told us that when it came to accessing care, some Victorians don’t know where to turn, or who to turn to.

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It means – too often – Victorians are denied the mental health support they need, until it’s too late.

It’s why this Budget delivers $264 million in local care, providing a 'front door' for care, with the first 20 of between 50 to 60 new local services to be delivered across Victoria.

A focus on early intervention

These services will focus on early intervention, ensuring Victorians get the care they need much sooner and much closer to their families and communities.

These services will connect Victorians with professional mental health support, early intervention with a focus on wellbeing, pathways to more acute treatment and – critically – expanded operating hours, so care is available when it’s needed.

The first six of these 20 sites have been fast-tracked, with local services in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea opening in 2022.

Reformed area mental health and wellbeing services

This Budget is also investing $954 million to establish 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges.

Supporting mental health in all workplaces

And because it's an issue that touches all of us, $6 million will go towards initiatives including the creation of dedicated tools and resources specifically designed to support occupational mental health – just one of a raft of reforms to support the wellbeing of workers and workplaces.

Media release

Providing early care for Victorians, closer to home

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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