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Media Release by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Expansion of successful mental health program

A successful Australian Government program assisting people suffering from severe mental health problems was expanded today with the announcement of 48 new sites across Australia.

Addressing a workshop of Personal Helpers and Mentors in Canberra today, Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, confirmed that their new program was already achieving great results and would be expanded with an additional $60 million.

‘The original 28 demonstration sites running the Personal Helpers and Mentors program are proving very effective at giving individual support to help mental health sufferers reconnect to the wider community,’ Senator Scullion said.

‘Altogether the Australian Government is funding around 900 new Personal Helpers and Mentors over five years to assist people with severe mental illness to manage their daily activities and access a range of support services.

‘These new teams of Personal Helpers and Mentors will provide an additional 240 Personal Helpers and Mentors across Australia.

‘A key element of the program is its emphasis on community support and social connections as an integral component of recovery.

‘The program focuses on strengths – what people with a mental illness can do, rather than what they can’t do.

‘It works towards meeting the great challenges the nation confronts in relation to mental illness, helping participants reconnect with their community and have the opportunities in life they deserve,’ Senator Scullion said.

These first two rounds of funding are part of the Australian Government’s $285 million commitment for the Personal Helpers and Mentors program.
The program is part of the Australian Government’s $1.9 billion contribution to the Council of Australian Governments’ National Action Plan on Mental Health 2006-2011.

24 Metropolitan (metro) sites and 24 Non-metropolitan (non-metro) sites
  Site State Site by Funding Type
NEW SOUTH WALES  
The Benevolent Society Armidale NSW Non-metro
Aftercare Blacktown NSW Metro
New Horizons Enterprises Limited Croydon/Bankstown NSW Metro
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc Dubbo NSW Non-metro
New Horizons Enterprises Limited Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai NSW Metro
The Benevolent Society Liverpool NSW Metro
New Horizons Enterprises Limited Lower North Shore NSW Metro
Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church [Centacare New England North West (NENW)] Moree NSW Non-metro
New Horizons Enterprises Limited Northern Beaches NSW Metro
Aftercare Penrith NSW Metro
New Horizons Enterprises Limited Tweed/Byron NSW Non-metro
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc Ulladulla/Shoalhaven NSW Non-metro
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc Wagga Wagga NSW Non-metro
Lambing Flat Enterprises West Wyalong NSW Non-metro
The Benevolent Society Wingecarribee NSW Metro
NORTHERN TERRITORY  
Top End Association for Mental Health Inc. Top End Rural and Remote Darwin Rural, East Arnhem and Tiwi NT Non-metro
QUEENSLAND  
Open Minds Australia Bayside QLD Metro
Open Minds Australia Caboolture QLD Non-metro
Community Solutions Inc. Fraser Coast QLD Non-metro
Open Minds Australia Ipswich QLD Non-metro
Ozcare Mackay QLD Non-metro
Australian Red Cross Society Rockhampton QLD Non-metro
Open Minds Australia South Brisbane QLD Metro
SOUTH AUSTRALIA  
Australian Red Cross Society Mid-North country region SA Non-metro
Mental Illness Fellowship of SA Inc. Noarlunga SA Metro
Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Inc. Southern Metropolitan Marion sub area SA Metro
Mental Illness Fellowship of SA Inc. Western Metropolitan Area | Port Adelaide sub area SA Metro
TASMANIA  
Anglicare Tasmania Inc. Sorell and Districts (South East Tasmania) TAS Non-metro
VICTORIA  
Karingal Inc. Barwon A (Greater Geelong) VIC Non-metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Barwon South West – Glenelg VIC Non-metro
Inner East Mental Health Services Association Inc. Eastern – Central East – Manningham VIC Non-metro
Uniting Church and Australia Property Trust Prahran Mission Uniting Care Eastern – Central East – Monash VIC Non-metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Eastern – Central East – Whitehorse VIC Non-metro
JobCo. Employment Services Inc. Eastern – Inner Urban East 1 – Boroondara VIC Non-metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Gippsland – 2 Korumburra; Lakes Entrance VIC Non-metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Gippsland – Traralgon Morwell VIC Non-metro
Inner South Community Health Service Inc. Inner South A (Melbourne) VIC Metro
JobCo. Employment Services Inc. Inner West A (Melbourne) VIC Metro
Eastern Access Community Health Inc. Outer East A (Knox) VIC Metro
Eastern Access Community Health Inc. Outer East B (Maroondah) VIC Metro
Eastern Access Community Health Inc. Outer East C (Mooroolbark to Healsville) VIC Metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Southern A (Cardinia) VIC Metro
WISE Employment Ltd. Southern B (Casey) VIC Metro
The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria Southern C (Greater Dandenong) VIC Metro
JobCo. Employment Services Inc. Southern D (Middle Southern) VIC Metro
WESTERN AUSTRALIA  
The Richmond Fellowship of WA Bentley Health Service Region WA Metro
The Richmond Fellowship of WA Midland/Guildford WA Metro
Perth Home Care Services Inc. Wheatbelt Region WA Non-metro