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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3423 ..

address this issue through the 2017-18 Better care when you need it – Expanding Centenary Hospital initiative which will improve mental health services for young people through the provision of a new adolescent mental health unit. Planning for this initiative commenced prior to my appointment as Minister for Mental Health.

(6) There are ongoing challenges in the recruitment and retention of psychiatrists including those with specialisation in child and adolescent psychiatry both nationally and in ACT. ACT Health has regularly undertaken national and international recruitment, advertising widely in all possible forums including through recruitment companies to meet the demand. There is a commitment to ‘growing our own’ psychiatrists with an initial cohort of these psychiatrists ready to practice in the near future.

Through the Better care when you need it – Supporting mental health for vulnerable Canberrans, the ACT Government will support the enhancement of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which provides specialist assessment, therapeutic interventions and clinical case management for children and young people presenting with moderate to severe mental health issues.

Headspace received $400,000 in the 2017-18 budget to attract and increase mental health specialist services for young people with mild to moderate mental health concerns.

More work on childhood/adolescent mental health models will be done through the Territory-wide Health Services Plan.

Clubs—assistance package
(Question No 342)

Mr Parton asked the Minister for Regulatory Services, upon notice, on 9 June 2017 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) Will he list the clubs that will be the beneficiaries of the clubs assistance package announced in the Budget.

(2) What milestones are you setting for clubs diversification objectives.

(3) How will this assistance be monitored and evaluated by the Directorate to ensure its appropriate use.

(4) What representative bodies will the Government consult and coordinate with to monitor and evaluate the assistance package.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The package will be available to clubs and club groups with gross gaming machine revenue under $4 million.

(2) The 2017-18 Budget offers support to small to medium clubs to begin diversification programs within the current year.

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