FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging local start-ups, non-government organisations, the private sector, local businesses, carers or individuals to find new, local initiatives that improve mental health services and outcomes as part of Round Two of the NSW Government’s Mental Health Innovation Fund.
Mr Anderson said the $1.5 million available allows local people to drive initiatives that result in local outcomes that make a difference.
“This is an opportunity to pull together ideas from the best minds in the business to deliver new ways to help local people living with mental illness.
“Our local community is passionate about mental health issues which we see demonstrated through charity events, awareness campaigns and even through the arts which is why we are well placed to develop ideas that can make a difference in people’s lives.”
Expressions of interest for the second round are now open, with target innovation areas including:
• Mental health and intellectual disability/cognitive impairment
• Aboriginal mental health
• Mental health and youth homelessness
• Adult education
• Child and youth mental health
Mr Anderson said the aim of the program is to fund ideas that enhance the way we deliver person-centred care that focuses on consumers.
“To have effective outcomes we need more ideas that make a real difference to people in our local community. I’m looking forward to the innovative ideas that will come forward.”
The first round of the Innovation Fund has been finalised and the projects will be announced shortly.
Expressions of Interest for Round Two of the Innovation Fund close on 9 May 2017.
For further information on how to apply, visit the NSW Government e-tendering website: https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/.