The funding will improve access to mental health and wellbeing services for Victorians in rural and regional communities.
The Budget provides continued support for the state-wide expansion of the HOPE (Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement) program.
This includes $17.4 million in sub‑regional follow‑up care in Bairnsdale, Bass Coast, Central Gippsland, West Gippsland, Hamilton, Horsham, Echuca, Swan Hill, and Wangaratta. This expansion means more Victorians receive one-on-one support in their recovery.
An $11 million investment in a Rural and Regional Workforce Incentive Scheme will help attract and retain more mental health professionals in our country communities.
The reforms will help overcome challenges faced by many country Victorians obtaining mental health treatment, care and support.
Innovative projects include a trial of two new digital services to help rural and regional Victorians access care from their own homes.