Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Forgotten Australians get Mental Health Funding

“Forgotten Australians, adults who suffered abuse in institutions in the 1900s, will be a target group for the next round of PHaMs (Personal Helpers and Mentors Program) funding,” Senator Sue Boyce said today.

“This will be a start, at least, for the many Australians whose lives have been seriously affected by government policies of the past. Latest statistics say that just over 10% of PHaMs clients identify as being institutionalised as a child.

“The Community Affairs Committee will table its report into Forgotten Australians and Lost Innocents on Thursday.

“As a member of the Senate Committee I heard in evidence many stories of breakdowns and mental health issues experienced by witnesses.

“The PHaMs program was set up by the Howard Government to help those suffering from mental health issues to connect back into the community. Industry experts have said it is a very effective program that helps those in need.

“The Department of Families, Housing, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) who run the program will be soon announcing funding guidelines for Round 4 of the program with the main emphasis on the Indigenous Stolen Generation, the homeless, humanitarian entrants and Forgotten Australians,” Senator Boyce said.
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