Liberals To Improve Access To Mental Health Services

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson announced today if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will improve access to mental health services in the ACT. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals will increase funding by $275,000 each year for the Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team.

“People who suffer from mental illnesses often require longer hospital stays due to other related health problems and a lack of support for them in the community,” Mr Seselja said.

“Current services by Mental Health ACT do not provide an effective 24 hour a day, seven day a week mental health service.

“The Canberra Liberals will ensure that the Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team have adequate staff on duty at all times, plus adequate on-call staff at all times,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Hanson said ACT Labor has consistently failed on their promises to provide mental health facilities and they have been poorly planned, over budget and delayed.

“For example the Acute Adult Mental Health Facility was opened 16 months late and less than six months after opening the facility is already full,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Canberra Liberals are committed to our $7 billion plan to improve the ACT’s health system and providing the health care that all Canberrans deserve.”