The Tasmanian government is promising to spend $3.6 million on mental health services, which are already seen as critical to the lives of people living in remote communities.
The $3,000 a month funding will be dedicated to mental health in remote townships, townships with fewer than 20 people and areas with fewer people than 1,000.
This will help to improve access to services, improve mental health outcomes and to improve the quality of life for people living on the remote island.
Tasmania has seen an increase in the number of people accessing mental health care in recent years.
The number of emergency department visits has more than doubled from one year ago, while the number in the community is expected to grow by more than 200 per cent.
A major challenge for the state and its services is funding.
It has seen a shortfall of about $100 million for the past six years.
“We know that it’s very difficult to get funding for services that are so important in remote areas,” Mr Hatton said.
“It’s difficult for the government to make money from those services because there is a need to fund those services in other parts of the state, in regional areas.”
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said mental health was one of the most neglected and underfunded areas of health care.
“A major issue in remote and remote-sourced care is that we do not have enough resources to provide people with the services that they need,” Mr Hodgman told the ABC’s RN Breakfast program on Thursday.
“Our mental health needs are enormous, and there is an urgent need to be able to provide the services they need.”
Topics:health,health-policy,government-and the-media,psychiatry,tas,remote-solutions,tobacco-use,mental-health,southern-tasmaniaFirst posted September 16, 2019 17:33:39Contact Tracey AyliffeMore stories from Tasmania