11 May 2018

Additional funding for mental health nurses in Corangamite

The Turnbull Government will provide additional funding for mental health nurses in Corangamite to support services for people living with severe and enduring mental illness.


Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) received an additional $1.1 million in funding, which will benefit both patients and nurses in Corangamite.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said mental health nurses in Corangamite are valued members of our primary health care system and the Turnbull Government is determined to support them as Australia’s mental health care system is transformed and modernised.

“PHNs are currently implementing new service models which aim to provide local solutions that meet local needs” Ms Henderson said.

“This funding is to support the transition to new approaches of providing mental health services.

“Mental health services are not a one-size-fits-all proposition and mental health nurses play an important role in assisting in individualised stepped-care and recovery approaches.”

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Turnbull Government remains committed to making sure that mental health services are available where and when people need them, and that they are delivered in the most appropriate way for people seeking treatment for mental illness.

“Mental health nurses perform a wide-range of valuable roles within the community from promoting optimal mental health, preventing physical and mental ill health, and providing clinical and therapeutic interventions. They are a vital component of our primary mental health care teams,” Minister Hunt said.

This funding adds to the Turnbull Government’s recent announcement in the 2018-19 budget of $20 million for mental health nurses to support Australians over 75 whose mental and physical health are at risk because of social isolation and loneliness. It highlights the strong commitment of the Government to supporting Australia’s nurses.

11 May 2018