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Victorian Budget 21/22

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students

As we continue work to ensure more Victorians are getting the mental health support they need, we know that our schools are integral to our effort.

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This Budget invests $277 million to deliver a comprehensive range of reforms that will put student health, mental health and wellbeing at the centre of our school communities.

School Mental Health Fund

This includes $218 million for a new School Mental Health Fund, which will allow schools to select and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services where required.

Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot

The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools, supporting 100 jobs.

A partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the pilot enables schools to employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, while also supporting staff to better understand and respond to mental health issues affecting their students.

This investment builds on our existing commitment to fund a mental health practitioner in every government secondary and specialist secondary school campus by the end of 2021.

In addition, the Doctors in Secondary Schools program will continue, giving students at participating secondary schools access to primary health care at school.

Case study: Tutor Learning Initiative

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Cristina is one of 5,600 tutors we’ve hired to help make sure no student is being left behind.

Cristina entered the education system as a mature-aged graduate in 2018.

Through the Tutor Learning Initiative, she is providing literacy support to children in years three and four at Clarinda Primary School, targeting their needs and giving them every opportunity to experience success.

Delivered as part of last year’s Budget, this $250 million package represents the single biggest boost to individual learning support in our state’s history.

This investment helps our kids catch up and supports thousands of new jobs – with an estimated 80% of these tutor roles filled by women.

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Supporting Our Kids To Be Healthy And Happy

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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