Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) : My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, the Honourable Jaala Pulford, MP.
Funding of $26 million has been announced to address the mental health needs of sole traders and small and medium business owners and their workers.
As part of the program, St John Ambulance will provide accredited mental health support training to chambers of commerce across Victoria to swiftly boost mental health capabilities within local business communities, and registrations of interest are open now.
Mental health specialists will also be embedded in industry and business associations to provide members with immediate access to expert advisers and on-the-job training for staff to identify and respond to people in distress.
In addition, the Partners in Wellbeing telephone hotline—a free mental health support service delivered by Each, Neami National and the Australian Community Support Organisation—will be extended to 10.00 pm seven days a week and expanded to also include immediate access to business advisers and financial counsellors.
The delivery of these new services starts soon.
The action I seek from the minister is to provide my office with information on how sole traders, small and medium business owners and their workers in my area of Western Metropolitan Region can access these services.