Vic COVID update, announcing mental health response - Merlino says COVID impacts coming on top of 'broken' mental health system (which prompted the Royal Commission), been looking how to find more capacity, to support a workforce that "already stretched, already fatigued".
$22.1m additional health support package - $13m for 20 pop up community health services (8 in regional Vic) from the end of this month, will be a 1300 hotline number TBA - deliver 90 clinicians, 93k hours of care (counselling, wellbeing checks, referrals), to reduce ED impact.
Will be free and open to all, says Merlino re new pop ups.

Additional support for ACCHOs, for the PPP program (parents and carers of kids with anxiety), RCH, VicHealth, and for LGBTIQ+ orgs.

All on top of $225m COVID funding already provided.....
. @PatMcGorry welcomes the new mental health package. Said been great to have Vic Royal Commission responses but been a big hole as they getting rolled out and COVID landed.

"The people who are really suffering now are the young people and their parents." #YHFSummit
Mental health package will draw on the strength of community health sector, says Angus Clelland from @MentalHealthVic - "the unsung heroes of the mental health sector". Be tailored to partic needs of local communities.
Mental health is a dual state/fed responsibility - @MentalHealthVic CEO Angus Clelland calls on Fed Govt to at least match Victorian Govt's commitment today.

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