Is Today “Mental Health Day” For Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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I have highlighted so many times with the State Labor government that Hervey Bay needs support on the ground here in Mental health services and aligning housing supported accommodations. (see recent answer from Minister of Health Steven Miles below)

Will today be the day, Budget day – that the Labor government talks about the Hervey Bay electorate and Mental Health services in the same sentence?
Stay tuned.


Question on Notice
No. 458
Asked on 2 May 2018

MR E SORENSEN asked the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance
Services (HON DR S MILES)—
QUESTION
With reference to mental health patients being more susceptible to the factors that
can lead to homelessness like poverty, disaffiliation and personal vulnerability—
Will the Minister advise when the government will provide funding to the electorate of
Hervey Bay, for considered interventions and holistic care for mental health patients?
ANSWER
Queensland Health’s mental health services support individuals with a severe and
persistent mental illness and offer interventions to address issues of vulnerability and
social exclusion.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug
Services offer general adult mental health services and sub-specialty mental health
services in Hervey Bay for children and young people, older people and Indigenous
people.
New investment has been allocated under Connecting Care to Recovery 2016-2021:
A plan for Queensland’s State-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services
to operate a new 10 bed mental health step-up step-down facility for Bundaberg with
services expected to commence by the end of 2018. This is a short-term, residential
treatment service with a recovery focus to support adults to transition from an acute
inpatient mental health service back into the community (step down), as well as help
avoid admission to an acute inpatient service for someone whose mental health may
be deteriorating (step up).
Queensland Health currently provides funding to three non-government
organisations in Hervey Bay to provide community and personalised support services
to individuals experiencing mental illness and their carers.
Importantly, mental health services delivered by HHSs have linkages with local
Housing Service Centres and programs provided by the Department of Housing and
Public Works. For example, in Hervey Bay the local mental health service provides
support to individuals within programs such as the Youth Housing and Reintegration
Services program and homestay emergency housing.

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