Liberals announce funding for mental health support in regional centres ahead of the state election.

Chelsea Gibbs & Sally Rummery

Bathurst Health Service is set to receive $17,000 in funding.

Bathurst Health Service will receive $17,000 of funding for minor capitol works and equipment as part of a NSW Government investment to upgrade mental health infrastructure across New South Wales.

Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole announced the funding, saying mental health facilities in the region will benefit.

“The Liberal and National Government is committed to seeing more people living well in the community. We know fresh approaches like these lead to better outcomes for those living with a mental illness while also reducing admissions in our public hospitals”.

Paul Toole announced additional funding for the Bathurst Health Service on the 25th February 2019.

The funding will also provide support for new parents affected by perinatal depression and anxiety. Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) is a condition commonly experienced by women during and following the birth of a baby. Fathers are also susceptible to PNDA.

Mr Toole says mental health support services in remote and regional areas can be difficult to access and the NSW Government is committed to changing that.

Labour member for Bathurst, Beau Riley says his party want an increase in funding to keep people suffering mental health conditions in the local community.

“There’s a number of government organisations that do mental health work in the area losing funding. We need to assess what is being funded and keep those services running”.

The funding comes in addition to a record $2.1 billion State Budget for mental health services.