CEO Update 2020 Federal Budget: We welcome tonight's Budget and the focus on mental health

We welcome tonight’s Budget and the focus on mental health

For the second year in a row, Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg has used his Federal Budget speech to talk about mental health and suicide prevention as a national priority.

This year, amidst a global pandemic and a challenging economic context, new money and initiatives for mental health have been, and are, welcomed by the sector.

Extensions to telehealth services and doubling Better Access through Medicare from 10 to 20 sessions will continue to tackle the increased need as a result of COVID-19, as well as keep working to ease the existing and increased strain on our mental health ecosystem. 

At Mental Health Australia we have recognised and welcomed the investments that have been made this year, and the further investments that have been outlined tonight.

They are investments that will target specific cohorts in our community and provide many people with hope, in what is a difficult time.

Hope for veterans and their families navigating their way forward. Hope for Australians dealing with the devastation of natural disasters. Hope for those families dealing with the trauma of stillbirth. Hope for those in aged care with a further 23,000 additional home care packages announced. And ultimately hope for those people, especially the young, looking to find and keep employment as our country continues to navigate this pandemic and the economic, health and social impacts.

As Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt said in his annual Budget video message to our members and stakeholders tonight, these times call for new supports and new ways to build and sustain hope and dignity:

“We have a nation that needs new support. And we know that for so many people the other great element of this budget, of job creation, of getting people back to work, isn’t just about economic support, it’s about mental health support. It’s about dignity, it’s about confidence, it’s about helping to reduce anxiety and to give people all of the hope which comes from employment or the prospect of employment.”
 

As always, we look forward to bringing you more on the mental health initiatives from tonight’s Budget in the days that follow. But we also look ahead to the impending release of the Final Report of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health and the Government’s investment response in reform. Reform to ensure the increasing number of Australians who need mental health care will receive it in the right place, at the right time. Reform that innovates beyond established programs and builds accessibility for people not already connected to the system.

Kind regards.

Leanne Beagley
CEO


2020 Federal Budget Summary

As has been widely reported, tonight’s 2020 Federal Budget is extremely important, occurring at a time of international and national financial instability, driven by the global coronavirus pandemic. A pandemic that has highlighted gaps in our existing mental health infrastructure and provided the impetus for innovation in service delivery, which we will want to build on into the future. 

It is in this context Mental Health Australia welcomes the investment in tonight’s Federal Government 2020 Budget through mental health-specific measures and further investments across the social determinants of mental health. These are important investments at a time when the nation’s resilience is being sorely tested and the impact on mental health and therefore mental health services is profound.

In this most unusual year with Budget being brought down in October means many of the initiatives accounted for in the Budget papers have already been announced. What follows is a short summary of the key measures arising from tonight’s budget, which will affect the lives of people with lived experience, carers, and the mental health sector more broadly. More detailed analysis of the budget papers will follow in the coming week.

Some of the key measures in the 2020 Federal Budget likely to be of interest to Mental Health Australia members and stakeholders can be found here and are also attached to this email.

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2020 Federal Budget: Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP - Video

Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP was pleased to provide a short video brief on the key budget initiatives in the 2020 Federal Budget. Watch the video here.

2020 Federal Budget: Highlights from Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg’s Budget speech to parliament tonight

Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP mentioned the importance of mental health and suicide prevention in his Budget speech tonight. Watch the highlights video here.

 

 

Past Federal Budgets -
Mental Health Announcements 

2019 Federal Budget Summary & Videos

Key mental health measures announced in the 2019 Federal Budget

Video announcement from The Hon Greg Hunt MP 

Video announcement from The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP 
 

2018 Federal Budget Summary & Video

Key mental health measures announced in the 2018 Federal Budget

Video announcement from The Hon Greg Hunt MP  
 

2017 Federal Budget Summary & Video

Key mental health measures announced in the 2017 Federal Budget

Video announcement from The Hon Greg Hunt MP 

 

2016 Federal Budget Summary & Video

Key mental health measures announced in the 2016 Federal Budget

Video summary from Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan


2015 Federal Budget Summary & Video

Key mental health measures announced in the 2015 Federal Budget

Video summary from Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan 

 
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