LTE – Farm Safety Week

Dear Editor, Farming plays a huge role in the Gippsland economy and is an essential part of our local communities – but it also presents dangers every day. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety Week, which will be acknowledged 18-24 July 2022, is ‘Recipe for Averting Disaster’. Farmsafe Australia will be heading a…

Pandemic declaration extended, but COVID mental health programs axed

Mental health programs designed to support Victorians through COVID isolation and uncertainty have been axed, despite last week’s three-month extension to pandemic declaration powers. It’s been revealed today Kids Helpline is among more than 15 organisations offering COVID recovery mental health support programs to be hit by $59.4 million in Andrews Labor Government funding cuts.…

Almost 20,000 Victorian kids left high and dry by Labor’s delayed mental health support

The nation’s largest mental health worker recruitment drive is needed to arrest “heightened levels of anxiety and mood distress” in young Victorians, as data today reveals an alarming spike in students diagnosed with learning disabilities. Almost 20,000 additional young Victorians were registered with learning difficulties, including ADHD or depression, during the time of Labor’s six…