COAG Mental Health - Support for Day-to-Day Living in the Community

The Government will provide $46 million for 7,000 additional places in programmes that promote healthy social interaction and community participation for people with a severe mental illness.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • People with severe mental disorders face significant obstacles participating in social activities.
  • Lack of meaningful activities and social roles for people with severe mental illness contributes to poor recovery and frequent relapse.
  • This measure builds upon the role of the non-government sector in providing structured social activity programmes, which can improve health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with severe mental disorders.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will provide additional places for 7,000 people in structured activity programmes designed specifically to increase community participation.

What funding is the Government committing to the Initiative?

  • The Commonwealth has committed $46 million over five years to this initiative.

What have we done in the past?

  • This measure forms part of the Government’s contribution to the COAG Mental Health package, as announced on 5 April 2006.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Funding will be provided over five years to June 2010.

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