My question is to the Minister for Mental Health.
In September last year, the Minister (in his capacity as Minister for Education) made the welcome announcement that teachers would be offered incentives of up to $50,000 to relocate to regional schools to address serious workforce shortfalls. This included for schools across the Northern Victoria electorate.
As the Minister would know, Northern Victoria likewise experiences some of the worst shortages in our State for mental health professionals – and therefore now experiences some of the greatest need and demand for them. Naturally, these are problems that have also been growing significantly during the COVID period.
In each of these contexts, I would like to ask the Minister if financial incentives for the regional relocation of specialists in the mental health sector might also now be made available by the Government?