Wednesday 12 May 2021
PANDA welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to the mental health of new and expecting parents, announced in last night’s Budget 2021-22.
As one of the key organisations funded through this $47 million investment, we look forward to working together to deliver integrated initiatives aimed at supporting the mental health of expecting and new parents.
PANDA’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline has been allocated a portion of the funding.
The commitment forms part of the Government’s National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 which aims to improve long term health outcomes for women and girls.
“This is a wonderful outcome for our community,” said PANDA CEO Julie Borninkhof. “This ongoing commitment from the Government means we can build capacity on our National Helpline which has been stretched trying to meet increased demand for our services.”
“After calls to the Helpline doubled during COVID, that increased demand from families has not fallen at all as we’ve moved into 2021. We know many expecting and new parents are feeling extremely mentally vulnerable. So our specialist services are more critical than ever.”
“We commend the Australian Government for this initiative as part of its commitment to improving the lives of women and girls, and are happy to see such a significant mental health spend, unlike any we have ever seen in this country.”
For a Budget overview click here.
More information from the Minister for Health and Aged Care can also be found here.