PIR Funding to SNAP Gippsland

SNAP Gippsland receives $500,000 funding for Mental Health

Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) will today announce the second major allocation of funding under the ‘Partners In Recovery’ (PIR) initiative in Gippsland.

SNAP Gippsland Inc is the organisation that will receive $500,000 in funding to resource and deliver programs for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

GML Chair, Dr Nola Maxfield, congratulated SNAP Gippsland, describing them as “a quality partner organisation to deliver the PIR initiative across the Gippsland region”.

“In conjunction with the Federal Government and the Member for Gippsland, Hon Darren Chester MP, GML is pleased to announce funding of $500,000 to SNAP Gippsland,” Dr Maxfield said.

“This is the second funding allocation under GML’s Partners in Recovery initiative and SNAP Gippsland has demonstrated to GML that it has the capacity to deliver mental health recovery and rehabilitation services and educative programs to adults with severe mental illness.”

The PIR Gippsland initiative is targeted at people who have severe and persistent mental illness in the Gippsland region over the next three years.  Dr Maxfield said GML was one of 49 national Medicare Locals nominated as a lead agency and awarded Stage 1 PIR funding of $7 million by the Federal Government earlier this year.

“This funding will support those people with complex needs and we need to provide support for their carers and families as well,” Dr Maxfield said.

“This is achieved by getting the multiple health care sectors, services and support structures they may come into contact with, to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.”

SNAP Gippsland has service outlets located in Bairnsdale, Sale and Leongatha serving the East and South Gippsland communities in addition to partnerships in the Latrobe Valley.

Dr Maxfield said the partnership with SNAP was “a very clear example of what Gippsland Medicare Local is doing to achieve ‘a measurably healthier Gippsland’.”

“We are connecting, integrating and supporting Gippsland’s health care providers to deliver more targeted health care in the right locations all across our Gippsland region,” Dr Maxfield concluded.

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GML media release PIR funding SNAP – 13 December Final