SA Mental Health Services - Expiring National Partnership Agreements

26 May 2016

The PSA has been contacted by members who are extremely concerned at the impact of the cessation of various Mental Health Services in SA, due to funding for those National Partnership Agreements not continuing after 30 June 2017.


The PSA has raised these concerns with Local Health Networks and also SA Health. While SA Health has since confirmed that the 10 bed Forensic Mental Health Step Down Unit at Oakden will continue, they have confirmed that the following mental health services will all cease:


  • The Walk-In Community Mental Health Service at Salisbury;


  • After hours mental health acute community service - three locations across Northern, Southern and Central Adelaide Local Health Networks;


  • 24 crisis respite mental health beds across metropolitan Adelaide, plus 10 in-home beds; and,


  • 20 mental health community rehabilitation beds in Whyalla and Mount Gambier.


Members are extremely concerned at the implications for their clients of these services ceasing. Therefore the the PSA also wrote also to SA's Minister for Health and Substance Abuse, the Hon. Leesa Vlahos MP, who has advised in her response that she and the State Government have been advocating with the Commonwealth Government but to no avail.


As a result, the PSA has now written to South Australian Members of the Federal Parliament, both Liberal and Labor, seeking their commitment to pursue reinstatement of funding if they form Government in the upcoming Federal Election. The PSA also wrote to independent Senators, seeking their support if re-elected.


The PSA will continue to advocate for the restoration of these critical services, and will keep members informed of any progress.