The Government has not allocated any money for additional forensic mental health beds, nor does it have a plan to meet the desperate need for more, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC today revealed through Estimates questions today.
Ms Xamon said the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-25 identified that, in 2014, the number of forensic inpatient beds was less than half what it should be in order to meet demand.
She said the plan identifies a need for 92 beds by 2025.
The Government must ensure it pays close attention to the issue of older adult mental health and suicide prevention, Greens spokesperson for Seniors and Ageing Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today, on UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Ms Xamon said anecdotal evidence had shown that some older Australians were dying by suicide because they were being subjected to abuse and neglect - or felt they could no longer live with pressure from their families.
Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations and Worker Safety Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the passing of updated workers’ compensation legislation, but says more must be done to eliminate workplace deaths.
Ms Xamon said while she was pleased to see increases in financial support for the families of WA workers killed on the job, a long overdue reform, a suite of further measures were still needed to improve safety at work, including industrial manslaughter laws.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and WA Greens MLC Alison Xamon have welcomed Western Australia finally committing to the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.
Alison Xamon MLC said:
“WA was the last state to fully commit to the scheme but I’m glad they’ve finally got on board. This will be a huge relief for survivors in WA, many of whom are vulnerable, ageing and ill – and have been waiting for a long time.
Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said she is stunned by the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision not to reject a wave park proposed for a conservation area on the banks of the Swan River.
Ms Xamon said given the proposed development is located almost entirely within Bush Forever Site 331 on land that has been earmarked for 20 years for rehabilitation to protect and enhance the adjacent estuary, she would expect a firm ‘no’ from the EPA to any large development on this site.