Government announces mental health funding to tackle bushfire trauma



The federal government will put $76 million into emergency mental health services for bushfire-affected communities, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison pointing to the widespread trauma caused by the unprecedented crisis.


The "initial" mental health funding will go to counselling sessions, extra psychological treatment under Medicare, expanded access to telehealth remote counselling, specialist trauma care for emergency services personnel, local community wellbeing programs and Headspace youth centres in significantly impacted communities.

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