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Perinatal emotional health program
Page 4875
24 November 2015
ASSEMBLY Questions Without Notice and Ministers Statements SUZANNA SHEED

Ms SHEED (Shepparton) — My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The federal government ceased funding for the national perinatal depression initiative from July 2015. Mothers in my electorate will no longer be able to access the local perinatal emotional health program after 31 December because I understand the state government's support will also end. This program provided for the early detection and prevention of postnatal and antenatal depression, providing mothers with better and easier access to support and counselling.

Will the minister confirm that the Andrews Labor government's commitment to the perinatal emotional health program at Goulburn Valley Health will continue beyond December 2015, and will it continue to fund at a minimum its current contribution to that important initiative?