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Estimates: Rural Mental Health Services

Senator WRIGHT: I have some questions regarding rural distribution of mental health workers. It is well understood that people living in rural and remote Australia generally experience mental illness at levels equivalent to people living in metropolitan areas, but rural Australians face greater challenges as a result of a lack of access to services and specialised health professionals. Is the department undertaking any measures to address the unequal distribution of health professionals between rural and urban areas and, if so, what measures or programs are there?

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Estimates: Mental Health Nurses Incentive Program

Senator WRIGHT: I have some questions regarding the funding of mental health nurses and, in particular, the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. The budget allocates an additional $17.6 million to the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program to maintain existing service levels. While this funding is described in the budget as additional funding, it appears actually to be a freeze or cap in funding of the program. So I have some questions about the program and the implications flowing from this year's budget.

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Estimates: Veteran Mental Health Services

Senator WRIGHT: I have some questions regarding mental health programs and I believe they might be in outcome 2 or 3. Research indicates that veterans and partners of veterans experience higher levels of mental illness than the general population and this has significant implications for their children and extended family. Therefore, it is important that mental health services provide adequate support to current service personnel, veterans and their family members. My first set of questions relate to the level and adequacy of these mental health services.

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Greens Senator kicks off rural mental health consultation in WA

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, will travel to Western Australia today to begin the first leg of an Australian-wide tour to hear about the unique issues affecting mental health care services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas.

 Senator Wright said while the Federal Government had injected a significant amount of funding into mental health over the past two years, people living in rural and remote areas were still encountering problems accessing quality mental health services compared to their urban counterparts.

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Ill-conceived funding freeze leaves patients at risk

Questions remain over the impact of the funding freeze to the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program and what it will mean for people living with a severe and persistent mental illness after the Department of Health and Ageing failed to give clear answers during a budget estimates session today, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said.

 In last month's budget, an additional $17.6 million was allocated to the program over the next two years.

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Mental, physical ill health link needs more action

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to prioritise the poor physical health of people with mental illness across the national health system.

Speaking during Schizophrenia Awareness Week, which starts today, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said it has become increasingly clear that there is a strong link between severe mental illness and extremely poor physical health.

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Mental health misses out

The Government should be building on its commitment to mental health as there remains significant unmet need for essential services, especially in rural areas, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said today.

“On Budget night on Tuesday, mental health looked like poor Cinderella not invited to the ball,” Senator Wright said.

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