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No funding to address ‘critical shortfalls’ in prison mental health services

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Greens spokesperson for corrective services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has expressed her frustration as answers to her questions in parliament last night revealed that the WA State Government has allocated no funds in the 2019-20 budget to address understaffing of prison counselling and mental health services in WA prisons.  

Coroner’s inquest into Casuarina prison suicides identifies ‘critical shortfalls’ in mental health services

Friday, May 31, 2019

Greens spokesperson for corrective services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has repeated her call for the Minister for Corrective Services to address understaffing of prison counselling and mental health services following the coroner’s release of findings into the inquest of five suicides at Casuarina prison.  

“The coroner identified ‘critical shortfalls’ in these essential mental health services, and recommended the Department of Justice take ‘urgent steps’ to recruit more staff,” said Ms Xamon.

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Government must act on poor prisoner health findings: Greens

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Greens spokesperson for corrective services and health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has again raised her concerns about the lack of health services provided to WA prisoners following the release today of Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) report The health of Australia’s prisoners 2018

“This comprehensive report provides further evidence of the significant, complex and largely unmet health needs of prisoners,” said Ms Xamon.

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Urgent action needed to prevent more suicides: Greens

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Greens spokesperson for suicide prevention and mental health the Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called for urgent action to address the acute mental health issues, self-harm, and suicidal behaviour driving alarmingly high numbers of callouts to ambulances following the release of new research commissioned by Beyond Blue and Movember.

NDIS vital but does not detract from need for other disability services: Greens

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Greens spokesperson for disability the Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed the release today of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Bulletin on Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2017-18.

“The Bulletin is a salient reminder that while the NDIS is an enormous social and economic reform, it by no means is intended to replace all disability services required to effectively support people with disability and their families and carers in our communities,” Ms Xamon said.

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