The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls on the Andrews Labor Government to the fund the establishment of a residential Mother & Baby unit in Shepparton.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a commitment for funding for the unit to be provided in the 2019/20 State Budget to be delivered next month.
Residential Mother & Baby units provide specialist emotional and psychological support and treatment for families experiencing difficulties including anxiety and depression during the perinatal period.
In July 2017, GV Health commissioned KPMG to develop a vision and service plan for families with young children from the perinatal period to 4 years of age but plans for a Mother and Baby unit still have not progressed.
Prior to last year’s State Election the Liberal/National Coalition gave a funding commitment of $10 million to establish a 5 bed residential Mother & Baby unit in Shepparton if elected to government and Ms Lovell called on the Andrews Labor Government to support local new mothers by matching this commitment.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell:
“Studies show that 15% of all new mothers in Greater Shepparton experience a mild to moderate form of post-natal depression.
“That is why GV Health and the wider community have long advocated the need for such a residential facility in Shepparton.
“It is time the Andrews Labor Government partnered with GV Health and provide funding to build a residential Mother & Baby unit in Shepparton.”
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