Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Support for people with a mental illness and their carers

Joint Media Release with:

  • Ms Catherine King MP, Member for Ballarat

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to support people with a mental illness and their carers, with a $32.3 million funding extension for local services across Australia.

Carers of people with a mental illness will continue to have access to 54 respite services across the country, with a one year funding extension of $18.5m under the Mental Health Respite initiative.

As well, 44 local projects supporting people with mental illness, their families and carers across the country will receive a funding extension of $13.8m to continue for a further year as part of the Mental Health Community Based initiative.

These local projects support families, carers, children and young people aged between 16 and 24 years affected by mental illness. These projects provide a diverse range of activities tailored to meet the needs of individual communities and include:

  • peer support groups for children with a parent who has a mental illness;
  • family relationship counselling for families affected by mental illness; and
  • education workshops for parents caring for a teenager with a mental illness.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King announced the one year funding extension during a visit to Ballarat Health Services today.

Ballarat Health Services are receiving around $209,000 under the Mental Health Respite initiative to provide a variety of flexible respite services tailored to meet the individual needs of people with a mental illness and their carers.

‘Caring and living with a person with a mental illness can be challenging and demanding due to the episodic nature of the illness. With the right support, we know that carers and families are critical to assisting people with a mental illness to recover and live meaningful lives’ Ms Macklin said.

‘These projects do great work in our local communities bringing families and carers together to share their experiences and helping them learn the skills they need in their caring role.

‘This additional funding for respite services is also critical to give carers some time out from their caring duties, which is essential to prevent social isolation.

‘Carers of people with mental illness have diverse and changing needs and this flexible funding will continue to give carers much-needed support.’

Ms King said the funding extension would provide security for local people with a mental illness and their carers.

‘Ballarat Health Service is an essential service for local carers and provides people with respite tailored to suit their needs,’ Ms King said.

‘This funding will allow a greater number of local families and carers to access much-needed respite services.

‘It is also an acknowledgement of the important role played by local families and carers in assisting people with a mental illness.’

Mental Health Respite Funding Stream
State Organisation Site 2010-11
ACT Carers ACT ACT $157,027
NSW Anglicare Nepean $143,252
Baptist Community Services NSW/ACT Cumberland / Prospect $436,407
Benevolent Society South East Sydney $780,928
Care West Central West $70,544
Catholic Healthcare Services Orana / Far West $142,597
Hunter New England Area Health Service Hunter $293,936
New England $84,512
Intereach NSW Inc Riverina / Murray $245,350
Kiama Municipal Council Illawarra $270,469
Northern Sydney & Central Coast Area Health Service Central Coast $281,437
Northside Community Forum Northern Sydney $738,242
Queanbeyan City Council Southern Highlands $183,882
Sydney Anglican Home Mission South West Sydney $647,406
Uniting Church Inner West $410,882
UPA Far North Coast $241,914
Mid North Coast $265,305
NT Anglicare NT East Arnhem $50,000
Carers NT Northern Region (NT) $116,224
Frontier Services Central Region (NT) $50,000
QLD Bluecare Darling Downs / South West $328,617
Northern (QLD) $475,934
Peninsula $291,617
West Moreton / South Coast $725,433
FSG South Brisbane $789,488
Suncare Central (QLD) $517,204
North Brisbane $1,317,252
SA Carer Support & Respite Centre South & East Metro (SA) $554,177
Carers Association of SA South & East Country $211,061
Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide North & West Country $7,646
Uniting Care Wesley Bowden North & West Metro $565,727
TAS Community Based Support South Southern (TAS) $298,843
Family Based Care Assoc North Western (TAS) $136,332
Northern (TAS) $171,795
VIC Alfred Health Southern Metro (VIC) $1,146,383
Ballarat Health Services Grampians $209,201
Barwon Health Service Barwon / South West $344,252
Bendigo Health Service Loddon Mallee $296,291
Carers Assoc of Vic Western Metro (VIC) $671,425
Latrobe Community Health Service Gippsland $240,907
Merri Community Health Service Northern Metro (VIC) $747,669
Uniting Care Eastern Metro (VIC) $966,155
Villa Maria Hume $254,458
WA Australian Red Cross East Metro (WA) $251,736
South East Metro (WA) $276,794
South West $113,406
Independent Living WA North Metro (WA) $424,968
Silverchain Goldfields $50,000
Great Southern $61,797
South West Metro (WA) $215,348
Wheatbelt $50,000
WA Country Health Kimberley $50,000
Midwest $50,000
Pilbara $50,000
Total $18,472,230
Mental Health Community Based Funding Stream
State Organisation Site 2010-11
ACT Anglicare Canberra and Goulburn ACT and Queanbeyan $336,146
Marymead Child and Family Centre ACT $310,000
NSW Break Thru People Enfield, Rockdale $161,254
Centacare Catholic Community Services – Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes NSW $460,000
Centacare New England North West Tamworth, Armidale, Moree $500,000
Intereach NSW Inc Darlington Point, Coleambally, Coolamon, Lockhart, Urana, Griffith Shire, Narrandera Shire, Leeton Shire $395,000
Dareton, Wakool, Wentworth, Carrathool, Hay, Deniliquin $333,747
Newcastle Family Support Services Inc Newcastle LGA and parts of Lake Macquarie LGA $404,710
On Track Community Programs Inc Tweed Head, Ballina, Byron Bay, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Macksville, Nambucca $315,691
Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) Coastal Illawarra including Wollongong and Shellharbour $545,738
NT Centacare NT Katherine, Barunga, Kalkarindji, Beswick, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Arltarlpilta $591,780
Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Darwin $246,335
T.E.A.M Health Darwin, Palmerston, Jabiru, Katherine and surrounding areas $563,686
QLD Brisbane South Division Ltd Brisbane $634,155
Bundaberg Skills Centre Inc. Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Childers $126,269
Centacare Brisbane QLD $460,000
Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland Inc Townsville, Cairns and Mackay $333,456
Mothers Against Drugs Association Incorporated Beenleigh, Eagleby, Windaroo, Yatala, MT Warren, Edens Landing, Loganlea, Loganholme, Kingston, Waterford, Marsden, Woodridge, Woolloongabba, Jacobs Well, Logan, Jimboomba, Beaudesert, Trinder Park, Shailer Park, Slacks Creek, Meadowbrook, Wolfdene $190,555
Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Well-Being Brisbane – Logan $335,249
Queensland Injectors Health Network Ltd Brisbane Metropolitan Region, Sunshine Coast Region, Gold Coast $407,159
Youth & Family Service (Logan City) Incorporated Logan City $232,153
SA Carers Association of SA Eyre Peninsula $135,780
Northern Country $139,081
Riverina Murray Mallee $178,565
South East $135,780
Western Metro $139,081
Centacare Adelaide – Metro $651,500
Centacare Catholic Family Services Murray Lands $460,000
Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia (Inc) Adelaide – Metro $135,290
Relationships Australia South Australia Health Promotion Services Hindmarsh $281,545
TAS Anglicare Tasmania Inc. Burnie $310,000
Hobart $315,000
Aspire North-Western & Northern Tas $107,556
VIC Bendigo Community Health Services Inc Bendigo, Castlemaine, Elmore, Heathcote, Wedderburn, Pyramid Hill, Boort Woodend, Kyneton, Maryborough, Rochester, Kyabram, Echuca, Kerang, Donald $101,707
Drummond Street Relationship Centre Inner Melbourne, Boroondara $460,000
GROW Melbourne $74,076
Mind Australia Hume, Moreland $254,731
Odyssey House Victoria Richmond Prahran $144,194
Southern Family Life Services Incorporated Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Shire $471,830
Middle South – Bayside Kingston and Glen Eira LGAs $471,830
WA Arafmi Mental Health and Friends Association WA Inc Broome, Dampier Peninsula – Beagle Bay, Djarindjin/Lombadina, One Arm Point, Bidyadanga, Derby & Fitzroy Crossing $88,833
CLAN WA Inc. South East Metropolitan $446,200
Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia Inc North Metropolitan Area Health region of Perth $249,465
Wanslea Family Services Rockingham and Mandurah WA $173,500
Total $13,808,627