February 22, 2020

GIVING BACK TO OUR DEDICATED VETERANS

The Andrews Government is doing more to support Victoria’s veteran community by upgrading a dedicated mental health precinct. Minister for Veterans Robin Scott was at Austin Health’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital today to announce $75,000 to refurbish the outdoor area of the Coral-Balmoral Building. It forms part of the hospital’s dedicated mental health precinct.

The State Government is investing $1 million to the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia so that they can continue their important work supporting members to be healthy, happy and to participate in society.

The upgrades to the outdoor area will ensure all patients of the hospital’s Older Veterans Psychiatry Program – many of whom are Vietnam veterans – can access the area as part of their wellness program.

Built in 1941, the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital has a long history of caring for veterans and war widows and continues to provide surgical, mental health, aged care and outpatient services.

The program provides multidisciplinary specialist support to entitled veterans and war widows, 60 years of age and over, who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

The State Government is also investing $1.5 million to expand the Centenary of Anzac Centre, which provides specialised mental healthcare for current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.

This is on top of having ordered a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, which is due to deliver its final report later this year. The Government has committed to accepting all of its recommendations.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott MP

“We owe it to our veterans to ensure they have the support they need – this project will provide comfort and respite for those who have served.

“I commend the work of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and Austin Health on this project, which is – fittingly – due for completion in 2021 – the 50th anniversary of the cessation of operations by Australian Troops in Vietnam.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

 “I have a strong association with the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and their innovative and supportive activities and services. They have a proud history of care and this project will strengthen much needed mental health services.”