Federal budget: spotlight on mental health and employment

Federal budget: spotlight on mental health and employment

Federal budget: spotlight on mental health and employment

Carers Victoria welcomes the federal budget commitments to mental health funding and support for workforce participation.

The announcement of $1.5 billion in additional investments for mental health over 5 years potentially lays the foundation for lasting mental health supports and services. Among the commitments were:

  • 197.3 million to fund 30 new Headspace (youth mental health) centres nationally;
  • $571.3 million over 5 years for better services, including expanding community mental health programs and respite services for carers;
  • the establishment of a National Commission on Mental Health; and
  • the development of a 10 year National Mental Health Strategy by the end of 2011.

Carers Australia President, Tim Moore, said, “These and other initiatives should be of great help to the many thousands of carers who care for people with a mental illness, in particular the new respite services for mental health carers”

Welcome work initiatives announced include increased job subsidies for employers who take on people with a disability and the long-term unemployed, and developing the ability of employment providers and the Department of Human Services (Commonwealth) to assist people with a mental illness to obtain and maintain employment.

Read the Carers Australia media release here

Read the joint media release from Nicola Roxon (Minister for Health and Ageing), Jenny Macklin (Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs), and Mark Butler (Minister for Mental Health and Ageing) here

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