LABOR TO FUND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE FOR MONASH

A Shorten Labor Government would provide essential funds to help build Monash’s first youth mental health service to ensure young people are able to get professional help at an early stage of their mental illness.

Labor’s commitment of $2 million will help the Monash community – which has one of Melbourne’s highest youth populations – but currently has no dedicated youth mental health service.

Early intervention in mental health provides the best chance of recovery and also minimises the cost to the health system by preventing more expensive treatments in the hospital system down the track.

Demand for services in this area of Melbourne is high but young people either have to travel longer distances from home to access help or wait hours to be seen at already busy services in neighbouring suburbs.

Link Health in Monash has committed significant funds to get this service off the ground and Labor’s contribution will play a role in seeing a purpose built facility on Haughton Road, Oakleigh, become a reality.

“I congratulate the Labor candidate for Chisholm, Stefanie Perri, for her sustained advocacy of this centre and her success in securing funding for this important service in Monash,” Senator Gallagher said.

“When I visited Link Health earlier this year, I was impressed by the passion of the hard working health professionals and their desire to help even more young people living with mental health conditions.  Their dedication made it an easy decision to provide this funding to help get this project off the ground.”

“If we are to see young people utilise mental health services, we need to make the services accessible and appealing while remaining close to young people’s homes and schools,” Stefanie Perri said.

“That is exactly what Link Health will provide and I am so pleased to see this project, one which I have advocated for both in my role as a Mayor of Monash Council and as the Labor candidate for Chisholm, get the tick of approval,” Stefanie Perri said.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE 2016

Senator Katy Gallagher is Labor's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.

This is a joint release with Labor's candidate for the seat of Chisholm Stefanie Perri.