In my role as Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health I worked closely with Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Bowen, to convince the government to expand Medicare supports to include consultations by phone or video call (tele-health).
I am sure the Health Minister had many voices calling for measures to keep those living with physical or mental health concerns connected with their health professionals. We are working constructively with the government which means pointing out where improvements can be made and welcoming the introduction of sound measures.
Tele-health means health professionals continue consultations with existing and new clients without risking the spread of COVID-19. That means those already seeking treatment and support don’t suddenly have to go without.
It means those not coping as a result of the pandemic can still find services. This is essential for the long-term well-being of our community.
Losing your job, or even the threat of job loss, can have a significant impact on your emotional and mental well-being. The link between unemployment, financial distress and mental health crisis is, sadly, well established.
Please make use of Tele-health. Start by contacting your GP. They can organise any referrals if you need specialist support.
Free telephone-based counselling and support services are also available:
Beyond Blue, 1800 512 348
Lifeline 13 1114 and Lifeline text 0477 13 11 14