The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Queensland State Government’s $106.4 million investment in community mental health services.
RANZCP Queensland Branch Chair, Associate Professor Brett Emmerson AM, welcomed the new Queensland budget, noting that while the increased funding over the next four years will help ease some of the stress on Queensland’s mental health system, more still needs to be done.
‘Community mental health services have been under intense strain, as they haven’t received any growth in funding for seven years.’ A/Prof Brett Emmerson, AM said.
Other key points from the budget announcement:
- $106.4 million over four years for community mental health services
- $26.6 million (2018-19) to support enhancements to community mental health treatment services
- $138.2 million over four years for the Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility on the Prince Charles site
- $14.3 million for new 42 bed residential drug rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton, as part of the government’s Action on Ice strategy
- $200,000 to support the adult step-up step-down unit in Rockhampton/Central Queensland
- $120,000 to support the adult step-up step-down unit in Wide Bay
- Establish two new adolescent step-up step-down units in Brisbane
- Refurbish two adolescent day program spaces in Logan and the Gold Coast
- Establish a new holistic mental health unit at Cairns hospital
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