The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to invest funding to improve mental health services for children and adolescents throughout North-East Victoria.
Ms Lovell raised the issue in State Parliament this week during the adjournment debate, seeking a commitment from the Minister for Mental Health James Merlino to increase funding for services throughout the region and establish a dedicated child and adolescent inpatient mental health facility at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.
In her contribution seeking better services, Ms Lovell told the real-life story of a local family whose son has been unable to access the help he needs to treat his illness. The boy was forced to wait months to get an appointment locally and could only obtain impatient care at Box Hill Hospital. Box Hill, an inpatient service of just 12 beds, is the sole facility of its kind available for children and adolescents from North-East Victoria and the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Ms Lovell said the reality is that the family’s daily lives revolve around the welfare of their son, brother, and grandson and young people and their families in the North-East deserve more support and better facilities to properly treat mental illness.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“This local family’s story is a real-life example of the plight of young people living in North-East Victoria who are suffering from a mental illness and I know there are many others dealing with child and adolescent mental illness.
“The Andrews Labor Government must invest funding that delivers the facilities and services needed in the North-East, including establishing an inpatient mental health facility for children and adolescents at GV Health.”
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