Mental health providers, social workers and community nursing providers who provide vital services to our veteran community are set to receive a boost in funding from the Commonwealth Government.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment of $94.3 million in the Budget to increase fees paid to mental health, social work and community nursing providers, and ensure continued high-quality care for our veterans and their families.

“Maintaining competitive fees for these mental health and community support providers will enable better outcomes for our veterans and their families, as well as encourage providers to continue to offer services to support members of the veteran community through challenging times.

“It is crucial that the Government continues to invest in our veteran community by boosting support for veterans’ mental health and wellbeing, particularly as we navigate a global pandemic,” Mr Broadbent said.
The $94.3 million over four years is targeted to improve mental health outcomes and ensure high quality care for our older veterans and their families, and to better support their transition to civilian life by increasing fees paid to mental health, social work and community nursing providers.

“For any veteran out there in our community who may be struggling, I encourage you to reach out for help. Support is always available.

“Mental health is everyone’s business and we all have a part to play, so check in on a mate, ask them if they are ok, have a conversation and help them get the support they need,” Mr Broadbent said.

More information on mental health support available through DVA is available at dva.gov.au.

For support, Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling provides free and confidential support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Help is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au