Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with fire-affected communities in Gippsland, with new funding aimed at helping locals and their families who require mental health support.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today announced $300,000 in funding for mental health programs to support people reeling from the trauma of fire or the retriggering of past devastating events.

Services awarded funding include:

  • Monash Health – $50,000 to provide additional psychologist and AOD counselling
  • West Gippsland Healthcare Group – $42,000 for additional counselling as part of its Community Health Counselling Program
  • Windermere Child and Family Services – $50,000 to cover gap payments for mental health plans if required, or urgent support for high priority cases
  • Latrobe Community Health Service – $50,000 for counselling and services for children including art therapy and outreach to schools
  • Lifeline Gippsland – $50,000 for community engagement and connecting communities in affected areas

The Government is already providing tailored, targeted and timely support for Victorians doing it tough after a spate of fires, including dedicated case managers as a single point of contact to help affected families access information and services.

Residents affected by bushfires can access a case support worker by contacting their local council, visiting a recovery centre or calling 1800 560 760.

Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“We’re standing with Gippsland locals affected by the recent fires. This funding will help provide the support they need to deal with what has been an extremely challenging period for many families.” 

“If you or a loved one need support, talk to friends and family, a GP, call Lifeline or talk to one of our dedicated Case Support service workers.”

Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing

“The immediate crisis left by the bushfires might be over now, but that’s often when people can need support the most. We’re standing with people affected by fires – both now, and into the future.”