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Gillard Government Invests $208 Million for Personal Helpers & Mentors Program

Canberra, ACT, Australia (News4us.com) May 19, 2011

Gillard Government Invests $208 Million for Personal Helpers & Mentors Program

Gillard Government Invests $208 Million for Personal Helpers & Mentors Program

The Gillard Government today announced a further investment of $208 million towards the personal helpers and mentors program, as part of its $2.2 billion mental health reform package.

This new health care investment is designed to specifically expand and help participants find and retain employment within the mental illness health care industry.

At the same time it is intended to improve relationships with family and friends and managing everyday tasks such as using public transport and housekeeping.

A further increase in the numbers of helpers and mentors is forecast under this new Gillard government investment program, with additional coverage for an extra 3,400 people living with mental illness.

A further 18,000 Australians with severe mental illness will also be helped by the $19.3 million boost to the Day-to-Day Living program, which will help people experiencing social isolation by supporting them to access a variety of social activities in their local community.

Social, recreational and educational activities will be more accessible to people suffering varied mental illness on a greater scale, giving them access to live an independent and healthy life within their local community.

A major cornerstone of this new mental illness health care investment package comes down to Greater coordination and integration of mental health services.


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