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Supporting people with mental illness in Halls Creek

Date posted: 2 August 2013

People with severe mental illness in Halls Creek, Western Australia, will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance due to more than $1.5 million funding for Yura Yungi Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and Western Australian Senator Louise Pratt said the new funding and support was part of a $4.1 million boost for remote sites under the government's Personal helpers and mentors program (PHaMs).

Five new personal helpers and mentors will be employed to provide practical assistance for up to 45 people with mental illness in the Halls Creek shire. They will provide one-to-one, ongoing, culturally sensitive support to help people with mental illness to build confidence, increase connections within the community and overcome social isolation. Personal helpers and mentors can also help people set and achieve goals, such as finding stable housing, improving their relationships with family and friends, and finding and keeping a job.

The program will also offer training for local people to undertake PHaMs team roles which will provide more jobs for remote communities.

Source: Media release - the Hon Jenny Macklin


The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600


Last updated: 5 August 2013
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