Senate debates

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Questions without Notice


3:01 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians) Share this | Hansard source

This is one area where young people have been impacted significantly, and we all remain extremely concerned about their mental health. We're committed to ensuring that the mental health of young people is maintained through our ongoing investment into youth mental health and suicide prevention measures.

The Australian government has invested an unprecedented $5.7 billion in mental health in 2020-2021 alone. We've doubled the number of Medicare-funded psychological services from 10 to 20 through the Better Access initiative and additional mental health support will be available to young people living in bushfire affected regions and those bearing the brunt of COVID-19. On top of this, the government is driving the largest expansion of the headspace network, from 124 services to 153 services nationally by 2022. (Time expired)


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