Wellways Australia and Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) are two of the 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced almost $100,000 in funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients in Victoria’s south-west under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants.
The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services.
For WRAD, we are investing $74,500 from the fund, which will be used to refurbish the 25 consulting rooms and waiting room.
Wellways Australia will receive $25,000 to refurbish the facility, which will include building a pergola to create an undercover area, repainting the facia, exterior doors, the eaves and the gutters, as well as refurbish the bathroom in unit 4.
The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care.
While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community.
This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services – an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets – includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state.
The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 – 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“By modernising our public mental health, alcohol and drug facilities, we’re making sure people living in Victoria’s south west battling addiction and mental health problems are cared for in a safe and comfortable environment.”
“I’m really proud that these Warrnambool services will be upgraded so patients can receive better treatment, close to home – and our amazing mental health workforce will have a safer, more modern place to provide care.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley
“Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”