Funding enhance at essential time for EDV


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June 11 2021 

Consuming Issues Victoria receives $500k funding enhance

Consuming Issues Victoria (EDV) is happy to be included within the Victorian Authorities’s latest $9.57 million psychological well being funding announcement.  

The funding, introduced by the Minister for Psychological Well being and Performing Premier James Merlino, is being distributed to a variety of psychological well being providers to assist meet rising demand. 

The funding enhance comes at a vital time for EDV. In Might, our data and help service, the EDV Hub, skilled a 300% improve in contacts in contrast to our pre-COVID common month-to-month calls. 

Clearly COVID precipitated new onset consuming problems, in addition to triggered relapses. The move on of that is presently escalating, not subsiding. Our system is creaking beneath the demand and many individuals are struggling to get into the providers they want,” stated EDV CEO Belinda Caldwell. 

Since July 2020, EDV has been responding to the rise in demand by adapting packages to on-line codecs, and broadening our scope of neighborhood service choices with the help of the Victorian Authorities. Up to now 12 months, providers have grown to incorporate extremely well-liked On-line Help Groups, Telehealth Counselling, Carer Coaching for households with newly identified adolescents, and a quickly to be accessible program for these with extreme and enduring consuming problems.  

EDV CEO Belinda Caldwell stated that this new funding will bolster present service choices to assist meet demand, however acknowledges that this is only one piece of a a lot bigger puzzle.  

“We’ve been pivoting and rising at file tempo over the previous 12 months, however extra is required to help the rising variety of Victorians affected by consuming problems. This funding will relieve the strain on a few of our most in-demand providers, however we know far too many Victorians are dealing with structural obstacles to accessing the help they want. We look ahead to working with the Victorian Authorities and our sector colleagues on the broader reforms to the psychological well being care system which are going down presently and within the coming years.” 


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