Mental health

We are growing frontline mental health services so that more Canberrans can access the specialised care they need, close to home. The 2018 Budget delivers more supported accommodation options for people with complex mental health needs, and a boost to the targeted services that support teenagers, older people and those transitioning out of the justice system.

The ACT’s healthcare system currently delivers mental health services to more than 10,325 clients through our acute and community-based programs every year.

Demand for these specialist services is growing, with one in five people experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime.

$646 million over 4 years delivering mental health services

Office of Mental Health

We are delivering on our commitment to establish a new Office for Mental Health to improve the mental wellbeing of Canberrans.

With funding delivered through last year’s Budget, we are on track to have the office up and running by 1 July 2018. The office will have a whole-of-government focus on mental health and will improve the coordination of services to deliver better care for Canberrans who need it.

More supported accommodation

We will establish three community-based mental health accommodation facilities to provide long-term supported care for people who need 24-hour support.

The ACT Government will also establish a Step­-Up-­Step-­Down facility on the south side of Canberra, to provide short-term residential and clinical treatment for people discharged from hospital, and refurbish the 10-bed Extended Care Unit at the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre, to help provide a secure facility for people to transition back into the community.

Mental Health funding to grow by 5% in 2018-19

In this budget: develivering more supported mental health accomodation, expanding the Older Persons mental Health Intensive Treatment Service, more community-based services for young Canberrans including through headspace, refurbishing the Extended Care Unit at the Brian Bennessy Rehabilitation Centre, Way Back Support Service for people who have attemp6ted suicide.


Mental health factsheet (pdf 625.6 KB)