Child Abuse Survivor Services Boosted

Child Abuse Survivor Services Boosted

29 July 2013

A telephone counseling service for adult survivors of child abuse will be expanded thanks to $1.5 million from the Federal Government.

Opening the new headquarters of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) today, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Senator Jacinta Collins said the organisation would receive the funding as part of the Government's e-Mental Health Strategy.

This means ASCA can expand its telephone counseling line 1300 657 380, its online services and referral database, Senator Collins said.

These services will help survivors of childhood complex trauma, their carers and the health professionals who work with them.

A series of fact sheets for survivors, carers, GPs and other health professionals will also be available from next month on the ASCA website.

ASCA will develop online training videos for carers and health professionals, and ASCA services will be accessible through the Australian Governments online mental health portal, mindhealthconnect.org.au. Senator Collins said.

In 2012 ASCA launched its practice guidelines to treat complex trauma and trauma-informed care which are now part of its education and training initiatives.

I congratulate ASCA on its hard work and commitment to such an important area of mental health care, Senator Collins said.