A question put forward to the Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Environment and Conservation, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health) regarding the Healthy Young Minds Program.
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14 November 2006).
1. (a) What regions will benefit from the Healthy Young Minds Program funding; and
(b) How many clients does the government estimate will receive their services?
2. What measures does the government rely on to predict the expected demand for services such as Emergency Departments and the Acute Crisis Intervention Services teams?
3. Does the government have figures, by regions, for waiting lists for adolescent mental health services?
The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Environment and Conservation, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health): I am advised:
1. (a) Each health region will benefit from the Healthy Young Minds initiative.
(b) It is estimated that, when the program is fully operational in 2008-09, approximately 1,000 additional children and young people will receive a service each year.
2. The demand for services such as emergency departments and Assessment and Crisis Intervention Service teams is generally measured by analysing historical data and trending forward using standard statistical techniques, such as regression analysis. Where appropriate, the predictions are moderated for changes in demography, anticipated changes in clinical practice and improvements in the way services are configured and delivered.
3. There is no waiting list for CAMHS. Appointments are made immediately, even though the appointment time may be some time in the future.