On 30 June next year funding for vital mental health programs such as Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS), Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) will cease.  This is because the Scott Morrison federal government have not committed to funding these programs beyond the current financial year.  These programs provide vital services to the 90% of Australians with severe mental health challenges who don’t qualify for the NDIS.

Along with the loss of services, a failure to re-fund these important programs will see hundreds of dedicated and qualified workers, many of them ASU members, lose their jobs.

Scott Morrison must commit to long term funding for these programs now!

These programs provide recovery based, early intervention mental health support to Australians. In many cases these programs mean that Australians are able to successfully manage their mental health and not end up in the acute system that can be a traumatising experience and is a much more expensive way to deliver care.

Community mental health workers need certainty.

Over recent years community mental health workers have seen the introduction of the NDIS and program cuts to federal and state services.

This has meant that the sector is dying and is at an all-time low in terms of the confidence that workers have that there will be a sector at all by mid next year.  As a consequence, community mental health workers who face redundancy sometime within the next 7 months are leaving the sector to find other work.  We are losing an entire generation of workers and the expertise they provide.

As we reported in the last E-News the ASU have been lobbying hard for the retention of these services. It’s now up to the Prime Minister to support Australians with mental health challenges and the workers who support them.

If you would like to organise a meeting in your workplace to discuss this matter please contact ASU organiser Jo McEvoy on jmcevoy@asuvictas.com.au  or 0407 035 721

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