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Victorian Budget 21/22

Supporting families and carers

Not only is our current system failing Victorians in need, it’s failing their families and carers too.

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Instead of feeling supported, they can be left scrambling for answers in an overburdened system. It’s why this Budget includes $93 million in dedicated support for families and carers.

This investment will ensure the voices of families are being heard at the heart of our system, while also recognising the additional support they need in caring for a loved one.

Delivering family and carer-led centres

This investment includes delivering eight family and carer-led centres – providing a point of support for families across our state.

These centres will provide personalised help for families and carers, working with them to understand their needs and connect them to the right services.

This work will also include practical help like assisting with short-term respite and enabling family and carer peer support groups – creating connection and community among Victorians who are caring for a loved one.

Improving access to perinatal services

We will also be improving access to perinatal services, with $6.9 million to expand community perinatal health teams across the state, so new and expectant parents get the support they need close to home.

Support for young people and children

And recognising the unique experience of our younger carers, this Budget includes $23 million to expand the range of support across Victoria for young people and children caring for a family member, including funding for the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) program.

Additional support for parents

A further $9 million will deliver additional support for parents, with new online parenting programs and dedicated group-based parenting sessions.

Media release

Helping families support a loved one’s mental health

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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