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I want to start by checking in and seeing how you’re all doing. The last few months have placed enormous pressure on our community, our businesses and left no person unaffected. Please remember to look after yourselves and each other. Please if you need help, simply ask for it. If you need a list of contacts or otherwise, please contact my office.

During this pandemic the Victorian Government has to date invested an extra $200 million in mental health supports to make sure people who need help, get it. We have also put extra support into the prevention of family violence, housing and homelessness to help people who need it.

We also recently announced a $3 billion package for the Victorian Businesses which will provide cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support to businesses as we work together to drive coronavirus cases down and progress along our roadmap to COVID Normal. We also announced a $100 million Sole Trader support fund to help some of the most affected sole traders. For moreinformation you can go to www.business.vic.gov.au.   Please, also remember to do what you can to help where you can to get behind local businesses. Whether it’s today or as we move back into a COVID normal we need to back in local and get around them.

‘Getting On With it’ – Some Quick Project Updates:

$44,000 to deliver major upgrades to the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Boronia to support our local Indian and proud multicultural community.

Early works have begun on the North East Link which will close the missing link in our road network and get you to the city and across Melbourne sooner.

New Colchester Reserve pavilion for the Eastern Raptors now delivered – Planning on the new Senior Building at St Bernadette’s now in final stages. Construction set to start soon on the new state of the art 120 bed public aged care facility in Wantirna.

This edition’s shout out is to the amazing carers out there in recognition of their work in helping kids who need it most. It was Foster Care week from the 13-19 of September and as someone who spent time in care, I know how fantastic these people are.

Don’t forget, I’m here to help you and your family with state government matters. However, as my team and I are currently working from home, my office is closed to walk-ins. That said, you can call my office on 9738 0577 or email me at Jackson.Taylor@parliament.vic.gov.au and I’ll get back to you. For anything further you can search ‘Jackson Taylor MP’ for more and to follow me on Facebook.

 

More Mental Health Support For Local Students

More Victorian secondary school students in our local area will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need. A timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state has been released and includes extra support for local schools under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative.

In recognition of the increased mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the roll-out has been brought forward to be completed by the end of 2021.  Under the initiative, schools in Outer Eastern Melbourne will benefit from access to additional mental health support for their students in 2021. This includes five schools in our local area – Bayswater Secondary

College, Fairhills High School, Boronia K-12 College, Wantirna College and Heathmont College.

The $51.2 million initiative, which began in July last year, provides funding to schools to recruit a mental health practitioner. It will see qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support, depending on its size and requirements.

This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services.

All Victorian government school students, whether they are learning remotely or attending school on-site, have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic.

Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the Headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, said “So many of our young people are experiencing mental health challenges – this will make it easier for them to access the support they need at school. This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools.”

Jackson Taylor, Member for Bayswater, added “Its been a tough year for our schools – certainly a year like no other. And I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to bring forward this very important program to ensure our kids get the support they need”