Delivering on our Commitments to Invest in Youth Mental Health

The Abbott Government is honouring its election commitments to fund research and better youth mental health services.

Page last updated: 13 May 2014

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13 May 2014

We are delivering on our commitments to find new and innovative treatments for mental illness in young people as part of a major focus in the 2014-15 Budget to expand the nation’s investment in health and medical research.

The Abbott Government will spend $18 million over four years to establish a National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Parkville, Victoria.

Once established, the centre will undertake clinical trials; invest in research; provide training, support and information to mental health clinicians and service planners; and develop new ways to treat people.

An additional $14.9 million will expand the highly successful headspace network by another 10 sites, taking it to 100 across the nation by 2017-18.

The Government will consult with states and territories on where to locate the new headspace sites. Once established, the 100 sites will be able to support 80,000 young people a year.

Three-quarters of all mental illness manifests itself in people under the age of 25.

Sharpening the focus on mental health in young people offers both present and future benefits.

This will help reduce mental health disorders now and lessen the impact of high cost treatment later in life. This funding will benefit people with mental illness, their families and carers, and the wider economy in terms of increased productivity as people are able to live fuller lives.

In the 2014-15 Budget the Abbott Government is delivering on our commitments to address youth mental health. The commitments we made at the election were fully funded, ensuring no additional pressure on the Budget.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

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