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Mental health support for children and families focus at government meeting

2 August 2012 - 12:55pm
Written by: 
Jethro Still

The primary focus of the Australian government's Children and Family Roundtable meeting on August 1, was the strengthening of mental health support for children and their families.

The Roundtable members discussed how child and family services can be improved by integration with the government and services sector.

Senator Kim Carr said in his presentation to the Roundtable, that the Department of Human Services works thoroughly with families with complex problems.

"The Department is working to unify services offered by Centrelink, Medicare, Australian Hearing, CRS Australia and Child Support to ensure families going through a difficult time get the help they need," Mr Carr said.

Minister for mental health Mark Butler supported the idea to engage with the child and family experts from the Roundtable and spoke of the government's $2.2 billion National Health Reform.

"Our mental health reforms have a clear focus on prevention and early intervention for young people and support for families and carers," Mr Butler said.

"Unlike any other chronic disease, mental illness affects people of all ages, with 25 per cent of people with a mental disorder experiencing their first episode before the age of 12."

Australian health insurance is helpful to have in ensuring your family's medical needs are being addressed accordingly.

It may be beneficial to have a look at your current health insurance policy to check that it still is relevant for you and your family's needs.