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December 2021

Mental health support for young

The State Government will more than double the capacity of Victoria’s youth prevention and recovery care (YPARC) network, giving more young Victorians access to the mental health services they need closer to home.

In a major boost for mental health services designed to support young people – particularly those across regional Victoria – Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Mental Health James Merlino have announced the locations of a further five centres to be built.

The new centres will support more than 900 extra young Victorians each year to get the tailored support they need in a crisis – more than doubling capacity of the state’s current YPARC network.

An investment of $141 million in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will see new 10-bed residential facilities built in Ballarat, Geelong, Shepparton, Heidelberg and Traralgon – as well as complete refurbishment and modernisation of existing YPARCS in Bendigo, Dandenong and Frankston.

The five new facilities will be operated by Austin Health (Heidelberg), Barwon Health (Geelong), Goulburn Valley Health (Shepparton), Grampians Health (Ballarat) and Latrobe Regional Hospital (Traralgon).