Might 18th 2022
Consuming Problems Victoria (EDV) will retain COVID-19 funding for one more 12 months, enabling the continuation of important telehealth and on-line companies funded over the pandemic.
Minister for Psychological Well being, the Hon James Merlino MP, as we speak visited EDV’s head workplace in Abbotsford to fulfill workers and volunteers and make a broader funding announcement for the consuming dysfunction sector. $15.5 million shall be invested in uplifting acute specialist companies at Victorian hospitals and $4.4 million shall be shared by EDV and the Centre for Excellence in Consuming Problems (CEED) to proceed community-based assist. The Minister additionally introduced that the Victorian Authorities is dedicated to creating a brand new Consuming Dysfunction Technique to assist plan for a cohesive service system response to consuming problems inside Victoria’s reformed psychological well being system.
The announcement comes after consuming problems instances accelerated over the pandemic.
“EDV and CEED have completed a superb job over the past couple of years, however we all know that we wanted, and wished, to do extra,” Minister Merlino stated.
The announcement will imply that EDV is not going to revert to pre-COVID-19 ranges of funding, and as a substitute will be capable to preserve the suite of latest modern and efficient companies which were rolled out since 2020. This consists of Telehealth Counselling, On-line Assist Teams, Carer Teaching and the SEED program for extreme and enduring consuming problems. Present companies such because the EDV Hub, Telehealth Nurse Assist and the Peer Mentoring Program can even be capable to proceed of their present kind.
EDV CEO Belinda Caldwell welcomed the funding as an excellent first step in addressing the rising consuming dysfunction disaster in our state.
“On behalf of these impacted by consuming problems, I wish to thank Minister Merlino and the Victorian authorities for the funding introduced as we speak. Our interactions with the Minister up to now has demonstrated that he has a really real curiosity and understanding of the challenges that the final 2.5 years has created for these impacted by consuming problems. We sit up for working with the federal government on the event of the brand new Technique, together with securing sustained funding for EDV’s companies effectively past the approaching 12 months,” Ms Caldwell stated.