The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), has welcomed a $23.8 million funding boost to Australia’s mental health services as part of tonight’s Budget announcements.
The funding will ensure that the equivalent of 375 mental health nurses will continue to provide clinical services and support for people with mental health issues throughout the community under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.
“In this tight fiscal environment, the ANF welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling mental health through this funding package,” ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said.
“The investment over the next 12 months will maintain the coordinated clinical care and support services for 60,000 people in the community through this very successful program.”
The ANF also commended the Government for extra funding for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer, including $55 million to expand breast cancer screening for women over 70 and $19.5 million for breast care nurses working with the McGrath Foundation.
“Unfortunately, breast cancer continues to be the most common type of cancer in Australian women,” she explained.
“We are delighted that this additional funding over the next four years for the Breast Care Nurses Initiative will now expand the number of highly-trained nurses working with the McGrath Foundation from 44 to 57.”
Ms Thomas said the ANF also acknowledged funding for prostate, lung and bowel cancers and bone marrow transplants.
The ANF, with over 225,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
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