Qld to increase funding for mental health

The Queensland government has announced that it will boost funding to its mental health system following a parliamentary inquiry exposing its shortcomings.

The five-year plan will cost $1.6 billion and will address holes in the states system whilst also aiming to boost the number of hospital and community mental health beds.

Funding will be allocated to expand hospitals in the home models of care, establish acute response teams to care for children and adolescence experiencing mental health crisis and create eight state-wide beds for new mothers experiencing severe perinatal mental health disorders.

Additionally residential treatment services will be funded for Ipswich, Bundaberg and Cairns.

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