11 March 2023

Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Assistant Minister Rural and Regional Health

Chief Government Whip in The Senate
Senator for Tasmania




Support for additional mental health services will continue in north-west Tasmania with an investment of a further $3 million from the Albanese Government from July this year.

Primary Health Tasmania will use the funding to continue commissioning mental health services in north-west Tasmania.

This will include supporting families, first responders, and other locals affected by the December 2021 Hillcrest Primary School tragedy.

The Australian Government continues to extend our sympathy to those who were directly impacted or lost loved ones in this tragedy.

This funding will also enable key mental health programs to continue including services for people with moderate to high complexity needs and targeted services for adults and young people with severe and complex needs living in the region.

It brings the total mental health funding provided to the Tasmanian Primary Health Network to more than $91.9 million over three years.

Anyone experiencing distress can also seek immediate support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), online at www.headtohealth.gov.au or call Head to Health (1800 595 212).

Quotes attributable to Emma McBride, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention:

“We understand the importance of sustained mental health support to those who are directly or vicariously impacted by tragedy.

“While the community of north-west Tasmania came together to support each other after the Hillcrest tragedy, funding quality mental health support will continue to help in their ongoing recovery.”

Quotes attributable to Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania:

“As the duty Senator for Braddon I have been advocating strongly for this funding. It demonstrates that the Albanese Labor Government knows that additional mental health services are vital to Building a better Braddon.

“This funding will give families, first responders and people complex mental health needs certainty that there are resources there to support them.  It will also give dedicated mental health workers the certainty and work security they need.”