Psychiatry receives boost to address 'crumbling' system

Additional funding for leadership positions is expected to help develop the workforce

The Victorian Government has pledged new funds for 40 post-graduate leadership scholarships for psychiatrists in an attempt to ease pressure on a mental health system dubbed “crumbling, threadbare, overwhelmed and obsolete”.

Crumbling system

The plan was announced as part of the Victorian budget, which was delivered on Monday, with a commitment also made to fund additional director-of-training positions.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said the state’s psychiatrists were stretched too thin in the public system and this