Dedicated mental health service pleases health chief

ARARAT will receive funding for a locally based mental health service in this year’s state budget.
The Andrews Government has included Ararat in 21 locations for a Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.
The government said the service is a new model of care that will see Victorians get the mental health support they need, as soon as they need it, close to home.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the local services will act as a ‘front door’ to the reformed mental health system, providing early intervention support for adults experiencing mental illness or psychological distress without needing a referral from a GP, and before people need clinical hospital emergency department.

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