Scott Morrison pledges $2.8m for school-based mental health program

 Scott Morrison promised $42m on mental health initiatives for young and Indigenous Australians in the election campaign. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Scott Morrison will announce $2.8m for a school-based mental health program on Tuesday, after pledging during the election to “break the curse” of youth suicide. The funding commitment to preventative service batyr Australia, which was developed by a university student suffering mental ill-health, will allow the program to expand its online footprint. Ahead of the announcement in Sydney, Morrison said the innovative approach of batyr focused on early intervention by…

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Budget pledges on health and social care dismissed as ‘sticking plaster’

eter Byrne/PA Health experts have said the chancellor’s £20.5bn boost for the NHS in England by 2023 will leave the service still struggling to cope with rising demand for treatment. The pressure on already overloaded A&E and GP services will continue because Philip Hammond only gave an extra £650m to prop up crumbling social care services, it was claimed. Theresa May has promised the £20.5bn increase in NHS funding over the next five years will yield major improvements in cancer and mental health care. But doubts were raised about how…

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