Government urged to address ‘epidemic’ Indigenous suicide rates in remote Australia

Aboriginal communities across the nation are calling on the Federal Government to urgently address what they describe as an “epidemic” of Indigenous suicides in remote Australia. The crisis is most acute in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, where a 10-year-old girl recently hung herself. Indigenous leaders there say the Federal Government must act now to prevent further deaths. The call comes as the first-ever National Aboriginal and Torres …

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Minister for Health to present Keynote at Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

The  7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium is pleased to announced the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, will present at Keynote 26 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (Vic). Keynote Bio: Sussan Ley’s career path has been wonderfully varied, with odd jobs on the way to a pilot’s license – roles as an air traffic controller, stock-mustering pilot and occasional …

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E-mental health treatment could help remote areas according to Keynote David Butt

Full article entitled Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says published on ABC News 25 May 2015 by Katherine Gregory Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of accessible services. The Mental Health Commission’s chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases …

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NT govt launches suicide prevention plan

Article published in The Australia 10 April 2015 About 40 people take their own lives each year in the Northern Territory, with deaths on the increase among young and indigenous people. Although overall suicides have decreased over the past eight years, the territory still has Australia’s highest suicide rates among indigenous people and the young. The territory government is spending an extra $3 million a year to improve mental health …

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Mental health dodges funding review bullet

Originally published on The Land 10 April 2015 by Ruth Caskey A commitment to mental health funding for the next financial year has been welcomed by service providers as the government continues its review of programs and services. The federal government has extended the current funding, with $300 million for community-based mental health programs for a further 12 months. Until last week’s announcement, many regional mental health care workers faced uncertainty …

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Mental health funding welcomed

NEW funding to boost training on mental health for youth workers in regional and rural areas across the State will improve the lives of thousands of young people across NSW, and likely prevent significant numbers of youth suicides, says the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Jai Rowell. This week the state government announced it will subside the education of youth workers currently working across regional, rural and remote NSW, so …

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Rural focus for Mental Health commissioner

The government is channelling more resources to rural areas to address mental health issues. The NSW Mental Health Commission recently conducted community consultation across the state to understand how people were experiencing mental health care and to identify priorities for change. Commissioner John Feneley says the government has since implemented a $115 million plan to improve mental health services in rural areas. “The further you go in terms of regional …

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Will unemployment surge put additional pressure on Rural Mental Health Services

THE latest unemployment rates in the Launceston and North-East regions compare with the South Australian outback as some of the worst in the country. Full-time jobs fell to 152 600 with regional data showing a bleak future for the North of Tasmania. Georgie Burgess from The Examiner (Friday 8th August 2014) stated: Launceston and the North-East are in the top six highest unemployment rates in the country, out of almost …

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Improving rural mental health support

Updated Mon 14 Jul 2014, 11:40am AEST ABC Rural  By Virginia Tapp A health professor in north west Queensland, says mental health support for drought affected communities needs to come in the form of community events, rather than workshops. Sabina Knight is the director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, and was also part of an expert panel appointed by the Federal Government, to review the …

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Program offers hope to communities struggling with suicide

By Laurissa Smith ABC RURAL Rural communities grappling with suicide in NSW now have access to a new program that supports people with mental health problems. The NSW Government is trialling the resource at Hay in the western Riverina and Walgett in the state’s north-west. NSW Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries says these communities recognised they needed help with suicide prevention strategies. “Suicide has a different impact in small …

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