All Victorians deserve to be socially connected and healthy. Access to equitable healthcare is vital to ensure gender equality in Victoria. All Victorians, including women and gender diverse Victorians are impacted by gendered health inequalities. Gender norms and roles also impact Victorians’ ability to live a healthy life.

The Government recognises the different health needs of all Victorians and is committed to providing appropriate and sensitive access for all. This includes providing appropriate access to sexual and reproductive health services, and doing more to support women and LGBTI Victorians’ physical and mental health.

This year’s Budget provides critical funding for mental health, including:

Perinatal depression

$6.4 million for the continued prevention and early detection of perinatal depression for new mothers.

Mental health services including the establishment of 6 new emergency department crisis hubs

$119.2 million for mental health services including the establishment of 6 new emergency department crisis hubs for people dealing with mental illness, with units to be built at Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent’s, Geelong Hospital, Royal Melbourne, Sunshine and Frankston hospital emergency departments. Complex clients will receive additional support and an additional 3,000 people per year experiencing mental health issues will be supported through Hospital Outreach Post-suicide Engagement at six sites.

Meet increasing demand mental health services

$232.4 million to meet increasing demand for mental health services through the provision of funding for 89 newly built and existing acute inpatient beds, and increased community based service hours for about 12,800 people over four years.

Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

$43 million to open mental health beds at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre women’s prison.

Funding will also be provided to support health and wellbeing, including:

$461.6 million for the expansion of Ballarat Base Hospital, which will include an inpatient unit with a women’s and children’s hub.

Continuation of intensive early intervention family service programs

$27.7 million for the continuation of intensive early intervention family service programs such as Cradle to Kinder, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies and Right@Home, which assists mothers in vulnerable families.

Address current gaps in support for LGBTI Victorians

$3.4 million to address current gaps in support for LGBTI Victorians within our healthcare system.

Korin Gamadji Institute

$0.6 million to extend the Korin Gamadji Institute’s cultural and leadership program to Koori girls and young women in youth justice centres and on community supervision orders.

All Victorians also deserve to benefit equitably from the enjoyment and empowerment of sport. This includes:

Investments in women’s and community sports

$82 million as part of one of the biggest investments in women’s and community sports in the state’s history. This will include new and upgraded facilities at football code venues, such as Melbourne Victory Football Academy; Rugby League State Centre of Excellence; Casey Fields; Whitten Oval; Moorabbin Oval; Ikon Park and Victoria Park. These upgrades will advance women’s participation in sport through new upgraded community and elite women’s facilities. This will also include Female Friendly Facilities Fund to provide grants for upgrading community pavilions, playing grounds, courts and change rooms, to ensure women and girls can access appropriate community sporting facilities.

State Netball and Hockey Centre

$64.6 million for a major upgrade to the State Netball and Hockey Centre, which will cement Parkville as the home for netball and hockey in Australia and establish the Change our Game Sport Leadership Centre to drive cultural change and grow female leadership in sport.

Significant Sporting Events Program

$17.7 million for the Significant Sporting Events Program that will continue to fund national and international sporting events across Victoria, providing new opportunities for women to participate in sport.

  • The Victorian Budget 2018/19 makes one of the biggest investments in women’s sports in the state’s history

Media release

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