Australia launches partnerships to help women, address mental health in PH

Published September 1, 2021, 4:25 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Amid the continuing global health crisis, Australia is launching two business partnerships in the Philippines to provide women with skills and opportunities, as well as psychological services to Filipinos with mental illness.

The Australian Embassy in Manila said the two new business partnerships in the Philippines are under the Australian government’s Business Partnerships Platform (BPP).

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J Robinson AO.

The BPP supports direct partnerships between the Government of Australian and businesses to promote inclusive recovery from COVID-19, while also providing sustainable commercial returns for businesses.

“By partnering with businesses, the Australian Government can help provide vital work and income opportunities that will foster the inclusive economic recovery of the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J Robinson AO said in a statement Wednesday.

The Australian Embassy said the two new business partnerships are:

Data upskilling for freelance workers – A partnership with the leading online data upskilling firm, Eskwelabs; and the largest entrepreneurship and freelancing network for stay-at-home mothers in the Philippines, FHMoms; which aims to provide women freelance workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, with skills needed for high-value digital work opportunities that are increasingly in demand in the modern economy. 

Digital mental health services – A partnership with Mind Your Mental Health (MYMH), a mental health technology company that provides mental health services to staff of large companies in the Philippines, which aims to significantly increase availability of psychological services in the country to better support Filipinos who are suffering from mental illness. 

According to the Embassy, the BPP “reflects the importance of the private sector in the COVID-19 recovery”.