Psychiatrists welcome record mental health spend

22 June 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has applauded the New South Wales Government’s funding announcements for mental health, handed down in the NSW State Budget 2021-2022.

Chair of the RANZCP New South Wales Branch (NSW Branch), Dr Angelo Virgona, heralded the mental health spend on Child and Adolescent Mental Health as the biggest ever for the sector.

‘We are so pleased to see the NSW Government committing such a significant amount of funding to mental health and psychiatry services’, said Dr Virgona.

‘This is a historic moment for us. To see the NSW Government provide such a solid and long-term commitment to the sector gives children, families and those working in mental health much-needed hope.

‘The mental health system in NSW is seeing unprecedented presentation numbers from vulnerable cohorts, in particular children and adolescents.

‘The RANZCP NSW Branch and its members are looking forward to working together with the NSW Government on the creation and implementation of the 25 ‘Safeguards’ teams to support child and adolescent mental health, across the state, especially in regional and rural areas.

‘These announcements are the start of what’s needed to bolster the state’s mental health services to be able to meet and keep up with demand, across the age spectrum.’

On top of the Government’s pre-Budget announcement of $109.5 million for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Response Teams, the RANZCP welcomes other Budget funding boosts to the system, including:

  • $28.5 million for the Police Ambulance and Clinical Early Response (PACER) model
  • $36.4 million for 57 mental health Response and Recovery Specialists across rural and regional NSW
  • $12.2 million to fund Tresillian to support families experiencing difficulties in the first few years of their child’s life.

‘The PACER model is proving it’s worth, saving unnecessary hospital presentations, and getting people directed to appropriate services, sooner’, added Dr Virgona.

‘We welcome it’s expansion, as well as the support to Tresillian, and to rural and regional areas that have suffered so much in recent years.’

For all other expert mental health information visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

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