Carinity Wahroonga Manager Kaylene Paradine and Makhala Swinson. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Carinity Wahroonga Manager Kaylene Paradine and Makhala Swinson. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Carinity to tell teens that funding cuts will stress service

A QUEENSLAND Health spokesman yesterday explained why Carinity Wahroonga's funding was withdrawn.

"In 2013 the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) undertook a review of community managed (non-government) mental health services (CMMHS)," he said.

"The QCMHR review recommended the provision of funding for services targeted to individuals with severe mental illness, including those with persistent or episodic illness, and those with additional complex needs.

"Based on the findings of the QCMHR review, the recent Request for Offer (RFO) tender process for CMMHS did not provide specific funding to support young people under the age of 18 years.

"However, organisations who had previously provided programs designated to a younger age group were invited to include this age cohort in their Offer, and provide a rationale for inclusion."

The spokesman said Carinity Wahroonga's submission included targeting people in the 18 to 64 years age group in the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service area and providing statewide services for people with eating disorders.

"Carinity's offer in the RFO was unsuccessful and funding has been provided to Anglicare to provide community managed mental health services in Central Queensland HHS.

"FCMU provided transitional funding to Carinity for 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014 to enable transition of existing clients to other services and to provide for a period to conclude counselling sessions for clients not requiring ongoing support.

"Additionally, the Commonwealth Government has increased its commitment to the mental health needs of young people. In January 2014, a Headspace Centre opened in Rockhampton, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

"This program supports young people in the 12-24 age group dealing with issues such as abuse, neglect, depression, anxiety, bullying, self-harm and suicidal ideation, and provides a confidential service delivered by qualified professionals.

"Approximately $1,054,640 (GST inclusive) in annual funding has been allocated to Anglicare Central Queensland as the sole CMMHS provider for the Central Queensland HHS."



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