$35 million respite for mental health carers
In a boost to carers of mental health sufferers, Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today announced more than $35 million in funding to build and expand respite services for people with severe mental illness/psychiatric disability, people with intellectual disability and their carers.
Making the announcement during Mental Health Week, Senator Scullion said the funding will allow 52 organisations across Australia to provide a range of flexible respite options which include creating new respite centres, expanding existing centres, training and paying respite workers and funding 24 hour flexible in home assistance.
‘Every carer faces a different set of circumstances and we recognise that not all carers are seeking the same sort of support. Some may need time away from the person they care for or some may need extra in-home help for a period.
‘The challenge with caring for a mental health sufferer can be the episodic nature of the illness. Carers often can’t plan scheduled respite or won’t be able to predict when they will need extra help.
‘This funding injects extra resources into the non-government sector to help support carers, when and how they need it.
‘The Australian Government recognises the important and valuable role of family members or friends who care for dependent people at home and flexible respite options are not a privilege – they’re a necessity.
The successful organisations will be funded under the National Respite Development Fund component of the Mental Health Respite Program.
‘The Mental Health Respite Program has two components – brokerage funding to buy respite for carers and today’s announcement which addresses the actual supply of respite – the bricks and mortar and the human resources.
‘This component of the program will provide the Australian Government with the flexibility to respond to respite supply issues that cannot be managed at the state/territory or regional level and to develop the capacity of the sector.
‘Existing mental health service providers who did not apply in the competitive process may be directly approached to fill identified areas of need,’ Senator Scullion said.
|Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Inc||ACT||$496,916|
|The Ascent Group Australia Ltd||New England||$299,370|
|Mid North Coast||$307,170|
|Moffat Falls Pty Ltd||New England||$106,387|
|Mid North Coast||$33,137|
|Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc||Riverina / Murray||$775,500|
|Orana / Far West||$526,200|
|Central Coast Disability Network||Central Coast||$232,978|
|Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association||Nepean||$843,198|
|North Coast Children’s Home Incorporated||Far North Coast||$358,475|
|The Benevolent Society||South East Sydney||$494,315|
|The Trustees of the Society of St Vincent de Paul||South East Sydney||$313,977|
|On Track Community Programs Incorporated||Mid North Coast||$291,000|
|Far North Coast||$291,000|
|Illawarra Disability Trust||South West Sydney||$475,000|
|Catholic Healthcare Ltd||Mid North Coast||$127,218|
|Orana / Far West||$83,232|
|Interchange Shoalhaven Inc||Illawarra||$165,696|
|Top End Association for Mental Health Incorporated||Top End||$980,723|
|Mental Health Carers NT Incorporated||Top End||$63,985|
|Carers NT Inc||Top End||$449,280|
|ARAFMI Queensland Inc||West Moreton / South Coast||$686,262|
|Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland Inc||Northern (Qld)||$495,776|
|Kyabra Community Association Incorporated||South Brisbane||$493,493|
|FSG Australia||West Moreton / South Coast||$499,500|
|The Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane South Brisbane||$488,000|
|The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane||Darling Downs / South West||$389,242|
|Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia Inc||North West Metro||$458,000|
|South East Metro||$458,000|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||South East Metro||$497,500|
|South East Country||$497,500|
|North West Metro||$497,500|
|YMCA of South Australia Inc||North West Metro||$149,265|
|South East Metro||$149,265|
|UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide Inc||South East Country||$500,000|
|Carers’ Link Barossa and Districts Inc||North West Country||$287,000|
|Anglicare SA Incorporated||South East Metro||$350,989|
|North West Metro||$350,989|
|Country North Community Services Inc||North West Country||$137,986|
|Anglicare Tasmania Inc||Southern||$313,828|
|ARAFEMI Victoria Incorporated||Eastern Metro||$471,160|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Southern Metro||$499,500|
|Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Inc||Grampians||$455,315|
|Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria||Southern Metro||$229,350|
|Barwon / South West||$229,350|
|Eastern Regions Mental Health Association Inc||Southern Metro||$450,952|
|Out Doors Inc||North West||$357,000|
|Eastern Access Community Health Inc||Eastern Metro||$1,560,000|
|Grampians Community Health Centre Incorporated||Grampians||$354,000|
|Aspire A Pathway to Mental Health Inc||Barwon / South West||$202,319|
|Interchange Northern Region Inc||North West||$89,474|
|Care Connect Limited||North West||$641,200|
|Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd||Hume||$465,250|
|Karingal Inc||Barwon / South West||$357,555|
|Best of Care Pty Ltd||Barwon / South West||$128,000|
|Share & Care Community Services Group Inc||Wheatbelt||$659,812|
|Arafmi Mental Health Carers & Friends Association (WA) Inc||North Metropolitan||$394,867|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia Inc||South West Metropolitan||$295,799|
|South East Metropolitan||$295,799|
|Goldfields Individual & Family Support Association Inc||Goldfields||$328,346|
|Perth Home Care Services, Inc||Wheatbelt||$315,221|
|South West Metropolitan||$343,710|
|South East Metropolitan||$343,710|
|Interwork Incorporated||South West||$452,241|
|Workpower Incorporated||South West Metropolitan||$500,000|