The devil is in the detail

Recently the federal health minister announced a change to the way that federal mental health programs would be funded.  The ASU have been seeking that the federal government roll over funding for programs like PHaMS, PIR and Day 2 Day Living.

The ASU welcomes funding into mental health however there are many details still to be revealed in the funding announcement made by the federal government late last week.  Whilst at nearly $1.5 billion the funding commitment looks impressive, in reality there is only a small increase to the overall funding committed by the federal government.

With the scant details provided to date, there are concerns that this funding will change how services are delivered and this is not what members have been seeking. Members have been lobbying for job and program security and it appears that this funding creates further uncertainty within the sector.

A teleconference with the Health Department is being held this week and ASU members will be updated with further details after the meeting.

If you know of anyone who is not yet a member speak to them now and encourage them to join you to ensure that we have the strength to secure appropriate funding of mental health.

Joining is quick and easy and can be done online here

Why join?
Your work is the foundation of your life: doesn’t it make sense to protect it? The ASU protects your rights at work, provides expert advice and support and delivers members only savings and discounts. We are not-for-profit, member-owned and run. We exist only for the benefit of our members.

For further information please contact: ASU Organiser Joanne McEvoy | 0437 035 721 | jmcevoy@asuvictas.com.au

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