New Indigenous Mental Health Support for North Coast
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced Australian Government funding of $300,000 to deliver the Aboriginal Mental Health Capacity Building Project in the Cowper electorate.
Mr Hartsuyker said the funding would provide better support for Aboriginal people in our region experiencing very high levels of serious mental health problems.
“Hospitalisation rates for mental health issues are almost twice as high for local Indigenous people compared to the non-Indigenous population. This funding will help develop a specialised care model for Aboriginal mental health challenges,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The program has been funded by the North Coast Primary Health Network, and will be delivered by Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour, in partnership with Werin Aboriginal Medical Service in Port Macquarie.
“The Australian Government is committed to ongoing efforts to close the gap between Indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians, and I am pleased to be able to announce this funding today.”
The full project will deliver on a number of important outcomes, including:
- Put in place integrated social and emotional wellbeing plans for Aboriginal people in Port Macquarie with complex needs, focussing on improving wellbeing and recovery
- Develop a tailored care model for Aboriginal mental health in Coffs Harbour and THE Hastings Macleay region
- Improve cultural competence for health professionals working with the Aboriginal community
- Improve awareness among the Aboriginal community of mental health and suicide prevention services
Through North Coast Primary Health Network, the Australian Government has provided funding of $3.8 million for mental health, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol services and projects to improve the health system. Over coming months, NCPHN will use this funding to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mental health and drug and alcohol services across the region.