There are significant gaps in mental health services in the City of Whittlesea relative to other areas in the Eastern Primary Health Network catchment. An uneven distribution of services across the catchment, with clustering of services in inner suburban areas leaves significant service gaps in the outer northern areas.
Adolescents presenting with significant mental health needs in the City of Whittlesea do not have access to critical support services, with many reporting wait times of up to eight months for ongoing counselling.
We are seeking a permanent Headspace facility for our Northern suburbs to support adolescents in our community who have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The maternal and child health service is an essential program to support the health and wellbeing of infants, children and their families throughout our municipality. With a rapidly growing population and the impacts of the recent pandemic, this critical service is facing severe strain and challenges to keep up with increased demand.
We are asking the State Government to consider population projection growth and additional weighting for growth areas when allocating future funding as opposed to historical demand for MCH services. Partnering with the State Government to improve the maternal and child health services will improve the lives of many in our growing community.