Support for people with a mental illness and their carers
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.’
|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|
|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|
|West Moreton / South Coast||$725,433|
|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|
|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|
|WA||Australian Red Cross||East Metro (WA)||$251,736|
|South East Metro (WA)||$276,794|
|Independent Living WA||North Metro (WA)||$424,968|
|South West Metro (WA)||$215,348|
|WA Country Health||Kimberley||$50,000|
|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|
|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|
|Riverina Murray Mallee||$178,565|
|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|
|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|
|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|