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(8) Is funding for the scholarships a once off or an ongoing program; if it is ongoing, what level of funding has been committed.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) Mental Health was provided with $0.300m for nursing scholarships in 2002-03 and to fund the specific Mental Health Nurse Education Program.

(2) The Mental Health specific scholarships were announced in 2002. Mental Health staff previously had access to the general nursing scholarships in 2001-02.

(3) External and internal advertising for these scholarships occurs twice per year for registered nurse (RN) intakes and once a year for enrolled nurse (EN) intakes.

(4) The study program is conducted through La Trobe University. The University provides a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing for RN's and short course in mental health nursing for EN's.

(5) 15 students have completed the RN program and 6 have completed the EN program to date. There are 7 RN's and 6 EN's currently enrolled.

(6) As advised in (1) above, Mental Health was provided with $0.300M in 2002-03.

(7) An appropriation for "Strengthening the Nursing Workforce"in 2001-02 included $0.600M for general nursing scholarships. In 2002-03, in response to an identified specific need in Mental Health half these funds were transferred to Mental Health.

(8) The nursing scholarship funding is ongoing at $0.600M per annum.

Mental health-funding

(Question No 1464)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Further to a press release dated 29 March 2004 in which the Minister claimed that the Government had increased mental health funding by $3.4 million in the last two budgets, what are the new initiatives or other spending increases that make up this claimed figure of $3.4 million

(2) To which budget does each change relate.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) 2002 - 2003 Mental Health Budget Initiatives

Initiative

Expenditure

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Enhancement Package

$466,000

CALCAM Adolescent Mental Health Day Program

$500,000


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