More assistance will be given to millions of Australians battling the devastating impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) with a $1.1 billion package which boosts mental health services, domestic violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.
Federal Member for Capricornia and Assistant for Children and Families, Michelle Landry said the additional funding will assist families during the uncertainty generated from coronavirus.
“I know of the severe hardships families face without the added anxiety and stress brought on by the uncertainty created by coronavirus.
“I hope this additional funding into these essential services brings some comfort and certainty to families who are currently doing it tough,” Ms Landry said.
Medicare support at home – whole of population telehealth
To ensure continued access to essential primary health services during the coronavirus pandemic, $669 million will be provided to expand Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians, which includes extra incentives to GPs and other health practitioners.
Domestic violence support
An initial $150 million will be provided to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from coronavirus. This funding will boost programs under the Government’s existing National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.|
Mental health support
An initial $74 million will be provided to support the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. The Government’s digital mental health portal, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au), will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on ways to maintain good mental health during the coronavirus pandemic and in self-isolation, and how to support children and loved ones.
Relief services for vulnerable Australians
An additional $200 million will be provided to support charities and other community organisations which provide emergency and food relief as demand surges due to the coronavirus.