Cuts to mental health care

SUNSHINE Coast MP Andrew Wallace has slammed the Federal Government’s decision to cut psychologist visits as a kick in the guts for Australians seeking mental health treatment.

Suicide Prevention Australia also called on the Albanese Government for urgent support.

Health Minister Mark Butler announced Medicare users would only be able to claim 10 visits to a psychologist instead of the 20 visits introduced in 2020 through the Coalition’s Better Access Scheme.

The report found the service was being used by higher income households, but Mr Wallace said it would impact vulnerable communities.

“Labor is completely out of touch with the needs of the Australian people,” he said.

According to data released by Suicide Prevention Australia, more than one in three (38%) Australians know someone in their personal life or networks, who has died by or attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

“I am deeply disturbed by Labor’s latest betrayal to the most vulnerable people who need our help,” Mr Wallace said.

“Labor turned their backs on our first responders, cutting funding for their mental health care before the Coalition pressured the Albanese Government to backflip last month.”

For help 24/7, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on
1300 659 467.