State Budget: Status Quo for Mental Health

MEDIA RELEASE

25 June 2019

In-community mental health services were not winners in this year’s State Budget.

Despite the promise of $62 million dollars for the Shifting Minds Suicide Prevention Flagship program: Taking action to reduce suicides in Queensland, there is no real increase for in-community mental health services in line with the mental health needs of the Queensland community.

The Alliance is concerned that the overwhelming proportion of budget allocations for “mental health” are directed to various Health and Hospital Services, rather than preventative and recovery focused in-community services.”  For insight into this issue refer to ‘We keep pumping money into a system we know is at breaking point”.

Jacklyn Whybrow, Acting CEO said that the sector was “concerned that the current mental health policy settings and funding decisions will exacerbate the emergency department crisis in Queensland.”

“We call for greater transparency on just how much money allocated for mental health is spent on Health and Hospital Services and Emergency Departments.”

The Alliance stands with QCOSS and all other peak bodies in their assessment of the 2019 State Budget as a “underwhelming response to an overwhelming shortfall” in funding for the community sector.   

The Alliance is available for further comment at the Annual QCOSS Budget Breakfast.

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Enquiries regarding this media release can be directed to the following Media Contact:

Patricia Schluter – Advocacy and Policy Advisor
Phone: 07 3252 9411