Mental health awareness and skilled migration

The importance of good mental health and its impact on Australians have long been recognised by Australian governments. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more relevant to remain progressive in responding to the mental health impacts as they become better understood.

In March 2020, the Australian Government expanded the Medicare-subsidised telehealth service to allow Australians to access health services from home or place of care, and help limit the potential exposure of patients and health practitioner to the virus. This includes service providers to provide telehealth services, either by video conferences or by telephone, as a substitution for existing face to face consultation services. The Australian Government subsequently announced additional funding for crisis lines, digital and online services, and healthcare professionals’ support.

State and territory governments have also introduced various health support packages to better support the mental health and wellbeing of their residents. Additional funding has been made available to both government and non-government services to either boost funding for existing services or enable new and innovative mental health services. This has included a provision for existing specialised mental health services to explore Covid-19 safe methods of service delivery and support for new and existing clients.

With Covid-19 requiring isolation and social distancing and with the economic crisis experienced by many; pressures on finances, work and relationships are causing Australians to seek help with their mental health for the first time.

The PMSOL (Priority Migration Skill Occupation List) comprised of just 18 occupations includes GPs, nurses, social workers and psychiatrists; a true reflection of the current demand for mental health care providers in the face of Covid-19.

Highly skilled medical and social services professionals with experience and knowledge in this realm are encouraged to seek priority in their skill migration application. For legal assistance with priority processing and special case submissions, please contact Sellanes Clark and Associates today.

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