Delivering mental health care support in Cessnock

Media event date:
28 May 2024

Date published:
28 May 2024

Media type:
Media release

General public

The Medicare Mental Health Centre in Cessnock is providing a safe and welcoming place for locals to get mental health information, services and support.
The centre has been providing free mental health support and care without the need for a referral or appointment since opening in January 2023.
Medicare Mental Health Centres are a key part of the Albanese Labor Government’s commitment to strengthening Medicare.
In June a new Medicare Mental Health Centre will open in Muswellbrook joining the existing service in Cessnock. 
Medicare Mental Health Centres are building on the established Head to Health network which will have their capability upgraded to ensure every centre has access to a psychologist or psychiatrist on call.
The network of 61 Medicare Mental Health Centres will be opened by the middle of 2026 right across Australia.
The Medicare Mental Health Centre in Cessnock is located at Unit 4, 36 Vincent Street.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Emma McBride:
“The Albanese Government is building a network of 61 Medicare Mental Health Centres across the country, so Australians with moderate and complex mental health needs can get the ongoing care and support they need.
“In Cessnock, people are already benefiting from access to free, walk-in mental health care and support. 
“Improving the access to mental health support and care is a key priority for the Albanese Government, especially for people who live outside the major cities.”
 Quotes attributable to Dan Repacholi, Member for Hunter: 
“Accessing mental health care is often challenging for people in regional communities like the Hunter. 
“I’m pleased these centres will be scaled up to offer wraparound care, free of charge and without the need for an appointment.
“Our community will be well serviced with the centre in Cessnock being joined by the new Medicare Mental Health Centre opening in Muswellbrook.

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