Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg spoke in Parliament last night once again raising awareness of the importance of mental health and yet again urging the State Government to invest in the ground-breaking work of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute.
“The Thompson Institute conducts world-leading neurological research and combines this with teaching and clinical outreach services in the areas of ageing, dementia and mental health issues related to youth and adolescents.
“Mental health does not discriminate and I strongly believe that government policies to address its scourge and commitments to fund research and treatments, should be bi-partisan. This is not about politics, it is about real people facing real problems, and more broadly about creating safe and healthy communities.
“If elected to Government the LNP committed $1,000,000 to the Thompson Institute, and there is no reason why this funding commitment should not be matched by Labor.
“When you think about it, $1 million is a modest contribution to the life-changing work being conducted by the Thompson Institute and in my opinion is the very least the State Government could do to support this world class facility - a facility that all Queenslanders should be incredibly proud of.
“Established by the University of the Sunshine Coast the Institute has received $5 million from the federal government and millions of dollars from Sunshine Coast philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson. Surely it is time the State Government steps up and invests in order to ensure the Institute’s future.
“I am calling on the Sunshine Coast Community, indeed all Queenslanders, who think research into mental illness is important and must be prioritised, to please like and share my Facebook post about the Thompson Institute and help me raise awareness of the importance of mental health funding,” Mr Mickelberg said.