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Stop Cuts To Mental Health

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We the undersigned ask Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade, Premier Steven Marshall and Treasurer Rob Lucas to reverse the 25% cuts to NGO mental health services and to cease future cuts to South Australia’s mental health services.

South Australian NGO mental health service providers have been informed of 25% cuts to funding from the Department for Health and Wellbeing in the coming financial year.

The cuts will impact a broad range of psychosocial support, day and group and mutual self help services in SA, but the detail about how the cuts will apply remains unclear.

Service providers advise us that this has come as a shock as it is contrary to previous indications from funders that the cuts would not start for at least another 12 months based on risks identified by the NDIS Taskforce.

While the decision was made years ago by the previous Government, it was a financial decision that has never had and has yet to have any proper impact analysis to justify it.

An example of this lack of analysis is that the cuts were, until quite recently, intended to  apply equally across a range of service types including psychosocial support for people over 65. This is despite the fact that NDIS will not accept anyone who is over the age of 65.

An important problem is that there is already unmet demand for these services and this will result in a long term reduction in capacity in the state’s mental health system.

These services have been evaluated and shown to be highly effective in supporting people to live a better life in the community and reducing their reliance on crisis and emergency care.

We are already facing increases of 5% per annum in mental health presentations at Emergency Departments (EDs) and this reduction will drive more people to use of EDs.

When fully implemented this cut will create savings to the SA Department of Health and Wellbeing will be around $6.8m but the losers will be some of the most vulnerable South Australians and their families.

Sign our petition asking Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade, Premier Steven Marshall and Treasurer Rob Lucas to reverse these cuts and stop cutting funding to South Australia’s mental health services.



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