My adjournment matter is directed at the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, Ms Neville. In early September the minister announced that the Mindlinx mental health first aid course would be available at no cost to volunteers in Geelong to better support people with mental illness. I congratulate the minister on the announcement, because the course will provide information on mental illnesses such as depression and psychosis that often go untreated. The Brumby government has provided $150 000 to health services in the Geelong region to help volunteers access the course. Essentially the course will teach skills to mental health volunteers to better manage a developing or potential mental health problem.
The action I seek is for the minister to provide me with written information on the time line for the beginning of the program, the length of time it will be available to mental health volunteers in Geelong and whether the program will be rolled out to other areas of Western Victoria Region.