ADULT MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE FOR CORIO

Corio will be the location of a $14 million walk-in adult community mental health centre funded through a Coalition Government $736 million mental health Budget measure.

The proposed new centre would provide much-needed support for individuals seeking help, particularly in times of crisis.

One in five Australians experience a common mental disorder each year and almost half of Australians will face some form of mental health problem during their lives.

However, navigating the extensive range of mental health services available in communities can be challenging, especially in times of acute need. For this reason, many people do not access appropriate help or resort to hospital emergency departments for mental health care.

To provide more accessible and approachable support, the Coalition Government announced $114.5 million for a trial of eight walk-in community mental health centres as part of a boost for mental health in the 2019-20 Budget.

One centre would be located in each state and territory.

Announcing Corio as the location of Victoria’s centre today (8 May 2019), Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said she was delighted that the community’s advocacy for the health needs had been "acknowledged and rewarded" by the Coalition Government.

"This new centre, the first of its kind in Victoria, will provide much needed mental health support services. Importantly for our community, it will operate over extended hours," Ms Henderson said.

"People will be able to walk in without a prior appointment and have access to treatment, advice, and support provided by a range of mental health professionals.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said “in guaranteeing these centres through the Budget, we have recognised that Australia needs a comprehensive, inclusive mental health system that caters for everyone, regardless of their age, or needs."

"The eight adult community mental health hubs will provide an easily accessible entry point to the mental health system, and rapid access to mental health care for adults, regardless of whether they have mild, moderate illness or acute need. Our hope is that these centres will be the first steps towards a complete transformation of the mental health system in Australia,” Minister Hunt said.

The mental health centres are intended to improve how people access care, and the quality of services, with the provision of free, walk-in, coordinated care and advice for anyone with concerns.

They will ensure that people are provided appropriate immediate support, but are also connected to pathways of less-urgent longer-term care by integrating with other local community services including GPs, local Primary Health Network (PHN) services, and state-operated services.

The centres will also be able to assist people to access related health and social services.

Work on the design and branding of the national network is expected to begin later this year, with the first centres expected to begin operations in 2021.