We must fund specialist women's health services

Abigail called on the Government to provide a public specialist mental health service for women, including specialist trauma informed mental health services, and more funding for frontline women's services.

ABIGAIL BOYD: I move:

(1) That this House commends the new public Specialist Women's Mental Health Service in Victoria which:

(a) was developed following the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System which revealed women experience trauma and abuse in the mental health system at a disproportionately high rate compared to men;

(b) will provide acute specialist trauma-informed care for women experiencing trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders and perinatal mental health concerns; and

(c) will provide consultation to local mental health services.

(2) That this House notes that the Illawarra Women's Trauma Recovery Centre has successfully provided care for victim‑survivors of domestic violence and abuse in New South Wales since its commencement in 2020, and reports that there is a significant lack of specialist trauma informed mental health services across New South Wales.

(3) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to establishing a public specialist mental health service for women, in consultation with frontline organisations.

(4) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to allocating sustainable funding for frontline women's services dedicated to mental health care, including the Illawarra Women's Trauma Recovery Centre.

 

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