Category: Minister for Mental Health

Reducing Harm In Mental Health Care To Keep People Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping reduce conflict and create a safer environment for patients, staff and families in Victorian mental health services. The $2.4 million Safewards program is being rolled out across all Victorian public mental health units under a partnership between the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and the Department of Health and Human […]

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Demonising Vulnerable People – Not In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government condemns the Turnbull Government legislation introduced today that will see welfare recipients compulsory drug tested. In Victoria, at least 43 per cent of rough sleepers across Victoria are on Newstart or Youth Allowance. The Turnbull Government says that this is about ‘identifying those people with drug issues and help them so […]

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Mental Health Support As Damaging Plebiscite Still Looms

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding to support the wellbeing of Victoria’s LGBTI community as the Turnbull Government still threatens a damaging plebiscite. The Labor Government has acted quickly to ensure increased services are available to members of the LGBTI community, after last month’s Federal Budget revealed $170 million is still allocated for a […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Mental Health

Round The Clock Support For Rough Sleepers In The CBD

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing mental health and housing support to Victorians sleeping rough and those at risk of entering the criminal justice system. The Mental Health and Police Response initiative will be expanded to provide a 24/7 mental health response in the Central Business District to those who come to the attention of […]

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More Mental Health And Drug Support For Ballarat

More mental health and alcohol and other drugs support will be available in Ballarat with two additional services set to roll out. The existing Community Care Unit in Stawell St will become a new 18-20 drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility to service the Grampians region. Community-based rehabilitation drug treatment models are appropriate for the majority […]

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Community Solutions To Tackle Ice

Community groups have been invited to apply for funding to tackle ice abuse, with applications now open for the next round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Ice Action Grants. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today joined Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo to announce the opening of […]

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Taking action on ice and other drugs

The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up the fight against ice and drug addiction, with new rehabilitation beds and thousands more treatment places and counselling services for Victorians. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $81.1 million will be invested in stage three of the Ice Action Plan with a focus on early intervention and […]

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More funding for mental health to save lives

The Andrews Labor Government will boost mental health support and invest in forensic mental health services to keep Victorians healthy and safe. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes a $325.7 million record investment in mental health services to further implement the Labor Government’s 10-year Mental Health Plan to save and improve lives. An extra $201.1 million […]

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Royal Melbourne Hospital In Tune With Mental Health

Music is ringing through the corridors of the Royal Melbourne Hospital this week as the hospital celebrates the 8th Live Music is Good for You Festival. Recognising the success of music therapy in assisting with recovery, this year’s festival is highlighting the significant link between music and mental health. With research showing that music triggers […]

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Taking Action On Ice And Other Drugs In Gippsland

The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up the fight against ice and drug addiction, across the state with Gippsland one step closer to another drug rehabilitation service. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $81.1 million will be invested in stage three of the Ice Action Plan with a focus on early intervention and treatment […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Mental Health