The Federal Liberal Government will provide a $6 million investment in St John of God Midland Public Hospital for the construction of a Mental Health Emergency Centre.
Funding will help address increased instances of mental health illness in Ellenbrook, Midland and the many surrounding suburbs, providing patients with dedicated and appropriate treatment.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting Australians living with a mental health condition.
“Our Government is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring all Australians have access to the critical health services that we all rely on,” Minister Hunt said.
“This latest announcement will help save lives and improve patient care.
“Improving mental health services is a key pillar of the Government’s long term national health reform plan and this announcement builds on the Government’s record levels of investment in mental health.”
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed this announcement saying the delivery of such a facility was critical.
“This investment will go towards helping the most vulnerable members of our community,” Mr Porter said.
“Our community has been calling out for the provision of dedicated and appropriate treatment, and today, that will become a reality thanks to the Federal Liberal Government.”
Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt, said the new facility will help overcome the stigma which is associated with mental health by sending a message that help is available.
“It’s important that we ensure people have access to the help they need, when and where they need it,” Mr Wyatt said.
The Federal Liberal Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year alone.
The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.