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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Mental health partners allocated $71.5 million

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Mental health partners allocated $71.5 million

    Community-managed mental health programs across Queensland will benefit from a total of $71.5 million in State funding awarded by the Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg today.

    From 66 proposals, a tender review panel selected 24 organisations to deliver projects worth $23.8 million a year.

    “These organisations, including diverse groups such as the Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland Inc, Open Minds Australia, Footprints in Brisbane and Anglicare, provide expertise to complement State and Commonwealth mental health programs,” Mr Springborg said.

    “The Government has a strong plan to build a brighter future of support for mental health.

    “These contracts were allocated in a process recommended by the former Auditor General to replace Labor’s failed administrative system that spawned the infamous case of the fake Tahitian prince.

    “The largest single contract was $4.027 million (p.a.), awarded to the Richmond Fellowship of Queensland, for a range of projects across the Darling Downs, West Moreton and the metropolitan areas.”

    Mr Springborg said five evaluation panel members represented the non-government sector, mental health consumers and carers, researchers and clinicians, related government departments and policy experts. The process was monitored by a probity adviser.

    “The panel considered value for money, service outcomes and coverage as outlined in the Government’s Blueprint for better healthcare in Queensland,” he said.

    “It all adds up to better transparency, performance and reporting.

    “Community-managed mental health programs support more than 14,500 people in Queensland each year. Today’s announcement provides full funding for non-government organisations for three years from 1 July 2014.”

    Queensland’s peak body, the Alliance for Mental Health, supported the new system.

    In recent commentary it reported: “.. a profound leap forward in the relationship between Queensland Health and the community mental health sector” and added: “..our relationship with Queensland Health couldn’t be better.”

    A number of proposals from currently-funded organisations were not recommended by the panel.

    “These include programs advocated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Cape York), Quest Care Inc (West Moreton), Centacare (Toowoomba) and Mission Australia (Metro South),” he said.

    “In each case, the service to the community will continue with a new provider. Where appropriate, transition funding will be provided to support the unsuccessful NGO.”

    [ENDS] 22 May 2014

    Media contact: Cameron Thompson 0407 585 230