The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Hon. David Coleman MP
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Gavin Pearce MP
Federal Member for Braddon
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
4 May 2022
$6.8 million for new mental health services in Braddon
Australians in Braddon will have greater access to mental health services with the Morrison Government today announcing new Head to Health adult mental health services in Burnie and Devonport.
Liberal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce MP, welcomed the announcement of the new services, which are funded through the Morrison Government’s historic National Mental Health and Suicide Plan announced in the 2021-22 Budget.
“The Morrison Government continues to make the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians a national priority,” Gavin Pearce said.
“The new Head to Health services in Burnie and Devonport will be a major boost to essential mental health services in the region.”
“Head to Health services, like the two that are being established here in Braddon, are designed to provide a welcoming, stigma-free entry point for adults to access mental health information, services and supports.
“I encourage people who are worried about their own or a loved one’s mental health to reach out to the services when they open. The services are free, and referrals can also be made for more intensive mental health care or social supports if needed.”
The Burnie and Devonport Head to Health satellite services will be part of a network of community-based mental health hubs being established across Australia as part of the Government’s $3 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said this was one of many Head to Health centres being established around the country.
“We know that the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have been incredibly difficult and stressful for many Australians,” Minister Hunt said.
“That is why we are prioritising mental health support, ensuring that people have access to care that can help them recover and reach their full potential as we reopen the country.”
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said mental health and suicide prevention remained one of the Morrison Government’s highest priorities.
“We are committed to further expanding mental health services to ensure Australians can get support, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.
“These services will provide that much needed support, as well as creating a safe space for Australians experiencing high levels of distress or who are at heightened risk of suicide.”
The Burnie and Devonport Head to Health services will both be commissioned by the local Primary Health Network (PHN), Primary Health Tasmania, which will receive a total of $6.8 million over four years from 2021-22 to establish and operate the two satellites.
The Government will also provide the PHN with an additional $3.4 million to establish a third Head to Health satellite in the outer Hobart area.
The new Head to Health satellite services will be integrated within primary care settings to offer support to adults with moderate to severe levels of mental illness over the short to medium term. The PHN will consult with the community to determine the exact locations and ensure that the services provide support in a way that meets the needs of the local community.
The Morrison Government continues to make mental health a national priority, investing a record $3 billion in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Budgets for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to lead landmark reform of the mental health system.
This brings the Health portfolio expenditure in mental health and suicide prevention services and supports in 2022–23 to a record high of $6.8 billion.
Unlike the Labor Party, which has not given Australians any detail on their plans for mental health, the Morrison Government will continue to ensure that all Australians can access information, advice, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it.
Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).