On Tuesday 4 September 2018, the 2018-19 South Australian (SA) state budget was handed down. This year’s budget included several measures targeted to mental health and other health services in the state.
Key mental health spending commitments:
Additional health spending commitments:
- $10 million over 4 years for a new specialist borderline personality disorder service
- $3.3 million over 4 years to establish a dedicated paediatric eating disorder service, including a Centre of Excellence for people living with BPD and their families and carers
- $2.5 million over 4 years for additional suicide prevention services.
- $20 million over 4 years for a rural health workforce strategy to address the shortage of health practitioners in rural areas
- $16 million over 4 years to establish a new Commission of Excellence and Innovation in Health to provide leadership and advice on clinical best practice
- $7.5 million over 3 years for real-time prescription monitoring
- $2.6 million over 4 years to establish an Adult Safeguarding Unit to responds to reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of vulnerable adults.
The Government also announced that a review of South Australia’s Rights of Private Practice arrangements will be initiated as a priority.
Currently, SA clinicians contribute 9% of the income they generate treating private patients in the public system towards the costs of public health facilities, which is a lower contribution compared to other states.
The review will aim to bring the contribution to the public health system closer to the level of costs recovered in other jurisdictions.