The Abbott Government must continue to fund a critical health program for perinatal depression, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.
Federal funding to the National Perinatal Depression Initiative is currently under review, with the Greens and Labor co-sponsoring a senate motion today support the program into the future.
Senator Wright said the program, which began in 2008, was providing support for mothers with antenatal and postnatal depression and improving prevention and early detection techniques.
"This program has made Australia a world leader in our support for and treatment of people experiencing perinatal depression," Senator Wright said.
"It is the ultimate two-for-one by helping mothers and their children.
"It would be cruel if this program was cut by the Abbott Government, so we are urging them today to clarify their position."
The motion supporting the National Perinatal Depression Initiative is co-sponsored by Senator Wright and Labor shadow minister for mental health, Senator Jan McLucas.