Victoria Police officers and Protective Services Officers will gain greater access to critical mental health support under a new commitment announced today by the Victorian Liberals and Nationals.
Policing is a unique and challenging occupation in which individuals are exposed to cumulative trauma that makes them susceptible to poor mental health outcomes.
Despite an increase in the availability of services relating to mental health, a lack of effective investment in clinical and associated personnel has meant that police are not adequately supported.
The BlueHub model was introduced by The Police Association Victoria (TPAV) in July 2021 and provides a best-practice clinical assessment framework and functions at a dedicated site for police officers.
Despite the initial success of this program and its potential to deliver better mental health outcomes for officers, it requires adequate state funding to continue.
Therefore, a Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will provide $20 million over four years to support an expansion of TPAV’s valuable BlueHub program.
Leader of the Liberal Party, Matt Guy, said this commitment was a real solution to deliver better mental health support for frontline officers.
“Frontline Police face unique challenges and remain at a heightened risk of poor mental health outcomes.”
“This important investment will build on the success of the BlueHub program and mean better access to mental health support for frontline officers across the state.”
Shadow Minister for Police, Brad Battin, said the Liberals and Nationals were proud to support the BlueHub program, which was making a real difference to mental health outcomes for officers across Victoria.
“As a former Police Officer, I understand the challenges of the job and the need to better support the mental health and wellbeing of those on the frontline.”
“This is an important program that is making a real difference to mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Victoria Police officers. It deserves to be supported.”