Labor’s $100 million game changing student well-being package

October 18, 2020

Students in every Queensland State School will have guaranteed access to mental health and well-being support under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said $100 million will be invested to ensure every Queensland primary and secondary state school student has access to a psychologist or similar health and well-being professional.

This includes $4 million to establish a pilot project placing general practitioners in 20 state secondary schools in areas of greatest need.

 “This year has been like no other,” the Premier said.

“Students have reported that they are feeling worried about their families, their studies and the future.

“It is important that they know support is available if and when they need it.

“This announcement today is a real game-changer.

“For the first time we will deliver specialised, professional help for every student who needs it, whether that be in the form of a psychologist, youth worker, behavioural specialist, or other equivalent professional."

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has protected the lives of Queenslanders by getting the COVID health response right and is committed to ongoing investments in the health and well-being of Queenslanders as it continues to implement Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the new support for student well-being and the additional teachers and teacher aides will give greater peace of mind to parents and allow teachers to focus on their job of teaching.

“It builds on the proud record of the Palaszczuk Government when it comes to student safety and well-being,” Ms Grace said.

“This includes opening Jacaranda Place, an adolescent extended treatment centre as well as regional youth engagement hubs to support secondary students at risk.

“Every child deserves a quality education and if they are experiencing mental health issues, we will be there for them. 

“We will continue to back our students with the support they need to reach their full potential.”

When Deb Frecklington was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Treasurer, the LNP closed the Barrett Adolescent Centre, which left vulnerable children with mental health issues without care.

The Palaszczuk Government has since re-established the centre as the Jacaranda Centre, based at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

The LNP also cut $291,000 from the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and cut $100,000 from the Pyjama Foundation, a mentoring program to encourage reading for foster children.

“Queensland cannot afford a return to the days of LNP cuts to education and health programs,” Ms Grace said.

“And with over $25 billion worth of unfunded promises, you can rest assured the LNP will do it all again given the chance.”