A welcome $472.7 million has been allocated to 48 Medicare Local regions in Australia to fund better-organised support for those living with severe and persistent mental illness.
This funding boost is part of the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative, which itself represents a "key plank" of the government's $2.2 billion package dedicated to mental health reform.
PIR is all about getting the sectors, services and support systems that those with mental illnesses rely on to work in a more collaborative way.
"Partnerships generally ranging from six to 14 with some as large as 22 members will collaborate on complex issues connected to mental health such as drugs and alcohol, housing, homelessness, employment, education, emergency services, and hospital emergency departments," said Mark Butler, minister for health, in a June 28 statement.
It is hoped that these partnerships will improve the effectiveness of and timely manner in which clinical and community health centres are able to offer care to people with mental illnesses, their carers and their families.
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