ADDITIONAL $76 MILLION FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT TO BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
We are providing immediate and ongoing free counselling and support to individuals, families and emergency services workers affected by the bushfires.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding includes:
• $44.3 million for counselling and psychological services for people in fire affected communities
• $5.7 million for trauma informed care training and care coordination
• $2.7 million community grants helping communities recover
• $16.0 million supporting emergency services workers and their families
• $7.4 million supporting youth through headspace
“We will continue to do whatever is needed to support those affected by these terrible bushfires by rebuilding communities and helping people in need to recover,” Kevin Hogan said
“I urge people to reach out, get the support they need and check in on loved ones.”
Front line emergency distress and trauma counselling will be available immediately, with up to 10 free sessions for individuals, families and emergency services personnel.
Services Australia also has social workers in its service centres that can assist with short term counselling, information and referrals to support services.
Bushfire affected individuals and families, and emergency response personnel will also be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for up to 10 psychological therapy sessions over the next 2 years.
“This will provide people with the support they need during the extended recovery phase, when the deep impact of trauma is more likely to be felt,” Kevin Hogan said.
To ensure young people can get the support they need, headspace centres in bushfire affected areas will receive up to $300,000 to help meet demand.