COAG Mental Health - Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas

People with a mental illness in rural and remote locations will be able to access mental health services from appropriately trained social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and Aboriginal Health Workers.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • People in rural and remote areas currently have less access to mental health services than people in metropolitan areas. Access difficulties may be compounded by shortages of mental health facilities and professionals in these areas.
  • This measure complements new MBS mental health items for GPs, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and allied mental health workers by increasing access to mental health services in rural areas.

Who will benefit?

  • More people with a mental illness in rural and remote locations will be able to access mental health services such as appropriately trained social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and Aboriginal health workers.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • This measure forms part of the Government’s contribution to the COAG Mental Health package, as announced on 5 April 2006.
  • The Government has committed $51.7 million over the next five years to provide more allied mental health services.

What have we done in the past?

  • This measure builds on existing initiatives, such as the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Programme and More Allied Health Services Programme.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed as part of the 2011-12 budget process.

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