The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.
Stacey Ross from the Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients.
What services do you provide and who are your clients?
The vision and mission of the Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre is to empower women to identify opportunities to lead a life of hope and respect. We are a not for profit, state government funded organisation and our values and commitment are based on integrity, empowerment, social justice, hope and respect.
We currently offer free counselling and community education to women over the age of 14 years for those living or working in the Logan and Redland’s areas. Logan Women’s focus on four key elements from the National Women’s Health Policy 2010 which are sexual and reproductive health, mental health and wellbeing, healthy ageing and chronic disease.
How will the budget affect your clients?
The budget will enable our critical services to continue and furthermore increase early intervention and prevention services to those most at risk. It’s great to see that the government understands the importance of early intervention and prevention health services, especially for women and family violence services.
We are relieved that there is more of a focus on early intervention and prevention services and more importantly there has been no decrease in funding for women’s health services. Yes, we would have liked to have seen a specific increase for women’s health services funding, but we recognise that the increase in domestic violence funding is positive and will help everyone involved. The investment for the Office for Women is significant and we really look forward to seeing what comes of that.