Date published: 
8 April 2019
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Liberal National Government will provide a $6 million investment in St John of God Midland Public Hospital for the construction of a Mental Health Emergency Centre.

Funding will help address increased instances of mental health illness in the Ellenbrook and Midland and many surrounding suburbs, providing patients with dedicated and appropriate treatment.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting Australians living with a mental health condition.

“Our Government is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring all Australians have access to the critical health services that we all rely on,” Minister Hunt said.

“This latest announcement will help save lives and improve patient care.”

“Improving mental health services is a key pillar of the Government’s long term national health reform plan and this announcement builds on the Government’s record levels of investment in mental health,” Minister Hunt said.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed this announcement saying the delivery of such a facility was critical.

“This investment will go towards helping the most vulnerable members of our community,” Mr Porter said.

“The provision of dedicated and appropriate treatment is a critical service which our community has been calling out for, and today, that will become a reality thanks to the Liberal National Government.”

Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt said the new facility will help overcome the stigma which is associated with mental health by sending a message that help is available.

“It’s important that we ensure people have access to the help they need, when and where they need it,” Mr Wyatt said.

The Liberal National Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year alone.

The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.