Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$80 million to help Australians with a mental illness

Australians with a severe mental illness will continue to have access to intensive, one-on-one support through an $80.3 million over three years funding extension to the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program.

Through this funding, 33 providers offering services at 58 locations across Australia will be able to continue to employ 290 full-time equivalent personal helpers and mentors to work individually with people with mental illnesses.

Since 2007 PHaMs services have helped around 9,000 people with a mental illness.

PHaMs is designed to help people with a severe mental illness reconnect with the wider community and live more independent and satisfying lives.

Working one-on-one with participants, personal helpers and mentors provide practical help with setting and achieving personal goals, such as finding suitable housing, using public transport or improving relationships with family and friends.

By building their confidence and increasing their connections within the community, personal helpers and mentors help participants overcome the social isolation that can be so crippling for someone with a mental illness.

PHaMs is an innovative model for supporting people with a severe mental illness in the community, rather than solely in medical services. Early findings from an independent evaluation show that participants in the program had more confidence to re-connect with mainstream health services, learnt new skills and were less socially isolated.

This $80.3 million funding extension will allow services to continue for the thousands of people who are already benefiting from PHaMs, as well as new participants who can benefit from these services in the future.

There are over 170 PHaMs sites operating across the country, including specialist sites that focus on people who are homeless, refugees and Indigenous Australians.

PHaMs services to share in $80.3 million funding:
Location Provider Funding
(to 30 June 2013)
Armidale, NSW The Benevolent Society $1,434,000
Liverpool, NSW The Benevolent Society $1,296,000
Wingecarribee, NSW The Benevolent Society $1,296,000
Inner City Sydney, NSW CatholicCare $1,368,000
Moree, NSW Centacare – New England North West $1,434,000
West Wyalong, NSW Lambing Flat Enterprises Ltd $1,434,000
Campbelltown, NSW Macarthur Disability Services Ltd $1,368,000
Orange, NSW Mission Australia $1,513,670
Wollongong, NSW Neami Limited $1,368,000
Lower North Shore, NSW New Horizons Enterprises Limited $1,296,000
Northern Beaches, NSW New Horizons Enterprises Limited $1,296,000
Ryde, NSW New Horizons Enterprises Limited $1,368,000
Dubbo, NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc $1,434,000
Ulladulla / Shoalhaven, NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc $1,434,000
Wagga Wagga, NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc $1,434,000
Parramatta, NSW UCA – Parramatta Mission $1,368,000
Canberra City, ACT Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Inc $1,368,000
Southside, ACT Woden Community Service
Darwin-Palmerston Urban, NT Mission Australia $1,368,000
Katherine – Urban, NT Australian Red Cross Society $1,513,670
Top End – Remote and
Rural communities, NT
Top End Association for Mental Health Inc. $1,434,000
Sorell & Districts, TAS Anglicare Tasmania Inc $1,434,000
Launceston, TAS Mission Australia $1,513,670
Fraser Coast, QLD Community Solutions Incorporated $1,434,000
Gold Coast, QLD Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria $1,368,000
Bayside, QLD Open Minds Australia $1,296,000
Caboolture, QLD Open Minds Australia $1,434,000
South Brisbane, QLD Open Minds Australia $1,296,000
Sunshine Coast, QLD Ozcare $1,513,670
Townsville, QLD Ozcare $1,513,670
Logan, QLD Youth & Family Services (Logan City) Inc $1,368,000
Mid-North Country, SA Australian Red Cross Society $1,434,000
Noarlunga, SA Mental Illness Fellowship of
South Australia Incorporated
North and Far West Country, SA Mission Australia $1,513,670
Southern Metro – Marion sub area, SA UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide
Outer East Melbourne – Eastern, VIC EACH $1,368,000
Outer East Melbourne – Knox, VIC EACH $1,296,000
Outer East Melbourne – Maroondah, VIC EACH $1,296,000
Outer East – Mooroolbark to
Healesville, VIC
EACH $1,296,000
Central East Melbourne –
Manningham, VIC
Inner East Mental Health $1,434,000
Inner South Melbourne VIC Inner South Community Health $1,296,000
Middle Southern Melbourne VIC Jobco Employment Services Inc $1,296,000
Inner Urban East Melbourne –
Boroondara, VIC
Jobco Employment Services Inc $1,434,000
Inner South Melbourne VIC Mind Australia $1,368,000
Barwon South West – Glenelg, VIC Mind Australia $1,434,000
Central East Melbourne –
Whitehorse, VIC
Mind Australia $1,296,000
Greater Dandenong, VIC Mind Australia $1,296,000
Gippsland –
Traralgon / Morwell, VIC
Mind Australia $1,434,000
Southern Melbourne – Cardinia, VIC Mind Australia $1,296,000
Gippsland – Korumburra / Lakes
Entrance, VIC
Mind Australia $1,434,000
Barwon, VIC The Salvation Army (VIC)
Property Trust – Kardinia
Central East Melbourne –
Monash, VIC
Prahran Mission $1,296,000
Southern Melbourne – Casey,
WISE Employment Ltd $1,296,000
Albany, WA Community First International Ltd $1,513,670
Peel, Rockingham & Kwinana,
Community First International Ltd $1,513,670
Wheatbelt, WA Perth Home Care Services $1,434,000
Bentley Health Service Region,
The Richmond Fellowship of WA $1,296,000
Midland / Guildford, WA The Richmond Fellowship of WA $1,296,000
TOTAL $80,337,030