(QldGovSpin) Gov't to boost specialist counselling services

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 03/08/2004 - 22:27

The Beattie Government has allocated up to $1.5 million to boost specialist counselling services across Queensland, Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Warren Pitt announced today.

Communities & Disability Services, Warren Pitt


In Innisfail for today's Community Cabinet meeting, Mr Pitt said the funding was part of the Beattie Government's Budget commitment this year of an additional $10 million in 2004-05 for the Queensland Families: Future Directions strategy.

"My department has identified a need to boost family and specialist counselling services throughout Queensland, including sexual assault services," Mr Pitt said.

"The department has been working closely with the Department of Child Safety for the past few months to determine how we can particularly boost services to child sexual assault victims.

"While the Department of Child Safety provides services to those children that are subject to statutory intervention, it has been recognised that more needs to be done for those child victims of sexual assault who are not, and that is where the Department of Communities can assist."

Mr Pitt said advertisements would soon be placed calling for submissions to provide the services across Queensland.

It is expected the services will be funded by the end of the year.

"This commitment will make a real difference to the lives of Queensland children and families at a critical time," Mr Pitt said.

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