As 24 November approaches and Victoria heads to the polls, Tandem would like to briefly summarise the key mental health election commitments from both major parties.
Employ more than 190 mental health professionals (including counsellors, youth workers and psychologists) to work in every state secondary school.
Conduct a Royal Commission into Mental Health (Australian first) with a commitment to implement all recommendations.
Fund an extra 100,000 hours of respite care each year ($49.5 million over 4 years).
Expand eligibility of respite care to include carers of people with a mental illness.
Whilst not an election commitment, we have been assured that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will implement the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018 – 2022 which was launched earlier this year.
Introduce 'the biggest school anti-bullying program in Australia' to be run by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Abolish Safe Schools and reinstate religious instruction classes.
Implement a ‘Three Strikes policy’, making it easier to expel school children.
Expanded mental health support for members of Victoria Police, emergency services, ambulance workers and public sector prison officers.
$1.14 million in grants over four years for headspace to provide outreach services to communities in Regional Victoria and Melbourne
Give emergency workers who make a WorkCover claim for PTSD or depression an upfront $10,000 payment.
$1 million over four years to the Retired Police Association of Victoria for the expansion of peer support programs for former members with PTSD.
Develop a 'comprehensive state-wide health workforce strategy' to address staffing shortages ($1 million).
The coalition has not endorsed a Mental Health Royal Commission and Tandem remains unsure as to whether they will support the implementation of the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018 – 2022.