Most consumers have relationships of care and support, and these can play an important role in a person’s wellbeing and recovery.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System heard that the system provides significant challenges for those Victorians in need. And it is letting down their families and carers too.
In recognition of the work that needed to improve this, the 2021-22 Victorian State Budget includes $93 million in dedicated support for families and carers.
This investment includes delivering eight family and carer-led centres across the state by the end of 2022. These will provide a point of support for families and carers.
Family peer workers located in these hubs will engage with family members, carers and supporters. They will work to understand their needs, provide personalised help, and connect them to the right services.
This work includes help such as assisting with short-term respite and enabling family and carer peer support groups. This will help create connection and community amongst Victorians who are caring for a loved one.
Support for parents
A total of $9 million will provide new online parenting programs and group-based parenting sessions.
And funding is available to improve support for both expectant and new parents. This will deliver expanded and improved specialised perinatal mental health treatment, care and support in the community.
Support for young carers
All carers do a wonderful job, but without doubt our younger carers deserve special recognition and support.
The State Budget includes $23.4 million to expand support across our State for young people and children caring for a family member.