Northern Victoria Region
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (12:49:13) — My constituency question is to the Honourable Martin Foley, the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, and it is about the expansion of the hospital outreach post‑suicidal engagement (HOPE) initiative. In August this year the minister announced that the HOPE program will be rolled out to six new hospitals and health service sites, including Bendigo Health, which will extend to Mildura. The initiative provides practical support and follow‑up for people leaving hospital after a suicide attempt. Assertive outreach workers also work with families, friends and carers so they can better support their loved ones during this critical time. More than 500 people have been assessed and supported through this great initiative so far. Some $18.7 million has been allocated in the 2018–19 budget to expand the program to new sites.
I have been asked about the progress of this roll‑out. Can the minister inform my constituents about how it is progressing and what it will mean particularly for my constituents in Mildura?