New criteria means people aged 13-18 miss out on services

ANGLICARE Central Queensland believes there are gaps in youth mental health services in the region.

It comes after State Government funding to Carinity Wahroonga yesterday ended, resulting in its mental health programs for teenagers being scaled back.

Following the funding cuts, Queensland Health provided more than $1million annually to Anglicare for community managed mental health services in the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Rockhampton youth will still have access to headspace, which is funded by the Federal Government.

In a statement to The Morning Bulletin, AnglicareCQ CEO Suzie Christensen said these types of services were an essential part of looking after Rockhampton youth. "Supporting our young people is an important part of building strong, resilient communities in regional areas," she said.

Ms Christensen said while funding had been provided for community managed mental health services, none was set aside for programs working exclusively with young people.

She said this was due to changes in Queensland Health's funding criteria.

Formerly, services working with people aged 13 and over were eligible.

But only services for those 18 to 64 can be funded under the new criteria. With the newly allocated funds, AnglicareCQ will establish its Healthy Minds program, which includes individual and group support, in Rockhampton and Biloela.

The funding will also continue to support the program in Emerald, Longreach and Gladstone.

Topics:  anglicare carinity wahroonga mental health

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