Gillard Govt Invests AU$224m To Treat Early Psychosis In Young Australians
Health & Medicine
December 9, 2011
The Gillard Government is investing AU$222.4 million to help young Australians experiencing early psychotic disorders.
AsianScientist (Dec. 9, 2011) – Thousands of young Australians experiencing early psychosis, or psychotic disorders, are a step closer to accessing innovative new youth early psychosis services.
The Gillard Government is investing AU$222.4 million for the establishment of 16 new services and has formally invited State and Territories to partner with the Commonwealth by providing matching contributions.
“I have written to the States and Territories seeking expressions of interest for the first round of the national rollout of these 16 new services over the next 5 years,” said Mr. Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Aging.
Around three out of every 100 young Australians will experience a psychotic episode, Butler said, and they struggle to access scarce specialist services and often face lengthy delays between the first experience of symptoms, diagnosis, and specialist care.
“Intervening early allows young people to get the specialist clinical care they need and to stay in or resume education or employment, and better manage their illness – instead of leading to a lifetime of isolation,” he said.
Together with the States and Territories, the Gillard Government will establish these new services in areas with a high incidence of youth mental health problems and where there is sound infrastructure and the capability to provide these services.
Once these services are up and running, young people will be able to access intensive clinical and non-clinical support including care in the home, case management, pharmacological and psychological treatments, and social and vocational recovery programs.
Each service will support up to 700 young people experiencing early or first episodes of psychosis with access to intensive support annually.
This expansion will be based on the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Center (EPPIC) model developed by former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry.
Source: Ministry for Mental Health and Aging, Australia.
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