EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE BAIRNSDALE COMMUNITY

Wellways Australia is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $131,382 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at Wellways Australia in Bairnsdale under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants.

The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services.

Over the last 3 years, Wellways Australia have implemented with Latrobe Regional Hospital a facility maintenance system to closely monitor the quality and delivery of service to participants of the residential recovery program. In this time, there have been regular minor repairs to essential services. During repairs, these issues have impacted our bed availability. Similarly, a change in participant profile: increase in mobility aids, increasing average weight of participants, and old furniture impacts on our ability to provide a comfortable residential experience. These issues have instigated a site audit for building infrastructure, electrical and plumbing systems and furnishings. This proposal is to support the infrastructure of the Bairnsdale PARC to enable a more comfortable, accessible and safe environment for participants.

The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care.

While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community.

This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services – an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets – includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state.

The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 – 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Bairnsdale and right across the state.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”