VULNERABLE YOUNG SOUTH AUSTRALIANS THE TARGET OF TURNBULL’S LATEST HEALTH CUTS

A Shorten Labor Government would restore funding to six early psychosis centres around Australia to ensure that the young people with serious mental health problems get the support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Young people in Adelaide with early stage psychosis will miss out on a specialised early intervention service under Malcolm Turnbull’s latest round of health cuts.

Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, have defunded the specialist headspace Early Psychosis Youth Service (EPYS) in Adelaide, which only opened a few months ago and has already helped around 70 young people.

Malcolm Turnbull must explain to South Australians why his Government has defunded this centre just months after $2 million was spent establishing it.

Early intervention is proven to help young people at the more severe end of the mental illness spectrum and is crucial to stop conditions deteriorating, preventing more serious illness and taking pressure off an already stretched public health system.

When announcing the Turnbull Government’s mental health reforms last year Sussan Ley said:

“There won't be any turning away of anyone.”
Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, Press Conference, November 26, 2015.

The Adelaide centre’s closure would slam the door in the face of some of South Australia’s most vulnerable young people.

The Turnbull Liberal Government’s funding cut has thrown the future of the successful EPYS programs into doubt and left centres across the country with little time to prepare the young people who use the services or the staff who work with them.

Headspace centres need funding certainty if they are to continue to be successful and a Shorten Labor Government is committed to providing that funding certainty.

 

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

 

KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

 

SENATOR ANNE MCEWEN
SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA