New mental health research facility officially opens on the Sunshine Coast
A new research facility aiming to tackle some of the most serious mental health issues on the Sunshine Coast has been officially opened by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt following a $5 million investment by the Turnbull Government.
The new Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute, located in Birtinya, will treat more than 6,000 people a year.
The $5 million, announced as part of the 2017 Budget, will go toward research and treatment programs in youth mental health and suicide prevention.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the work of the Thompson Institute will improve lives and gives Australians a better understanding of mental health.
“The Federal government-funded research projects include the Youth Mental Health Research Program, a new clinical study which will trial the use of MRI scanning in identifying emerging mood and psychotic disorders in young people,” Minister Hunt said.
“We will also support a suicide prevention research program, which will implement a mix of community based approaches, training and awareness with the aim of reducing suicide rates in the Sunshine Coast region.”
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, said “Since my election in 2016, I have been a strong advocate for the Thompson Institute in Canberra. I am passionate about improving the lives of people living with poor mental health here on the Coast and that is why I was delighted to be able to deliver $5 million for this world-leading facility.”
“It is fantastic to see the Thompson Institute up and running. I am very grateful to the Minister for allocating this funding, and for visiting the Coast today to open the Institute. I look forward to working with the Minister in the future on more projects at this new Sunshine Coast landmark.” he said
The Turnbull Government is investing record sums in mental health services, totalling more than $4 billion annually.
This funding provides support to vital research, programs and services to help the almost four million Australians who experience a mental health condition every year.