There are significant gaps in mental health services in the City of Whittlesea relative to other areas in the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network catchment, an uneven distribution of services across the catchment, with clustering of services in inner suburban areas and significant service gaps in the outer northern areas.
We urge the Federal Government to take into consideration population growth and the higher proportion of vulnerable groups at greater risk of poorer mental health outcomes when funding mental health services.
We need the Federal Government to provide ongoing funding to establish a permanent location to house headspace in the City of Whittlesea.
We request that the Federal Government commit to long-term funding for tailored, responsive and accessible mental health services and supports for young people such as Neami's Yflex program.
Federal Government funding is needed to establish a Safe Have Cafe in health precinct surrounding the Northern Hospital, in close proximity to the newly established Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) clinic.
Council urges the Federal Government to prioritise the City of Whittlesea for a Way Back Support Service as part of the $27.1 million allocated to expand the initiative in the 2018/2019 Federal Government budget.
Council urges the State Government to co-contribute to the establishment of a Way Back Support Service.