Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services and Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC is renewing her calls for the Government to take urgent action toward addressing the mental health needs for prisoners in response to the damning report into prisoner access to secure mental health treatment released by the Inspector of Custodial Services today.
The Inspector’s latest inquiry was prompted by the transfer of two women in horrific circumstances from Bandyup Women’s Prison to the Frankland Centre (the only secure forensic mental health facility in WA) last year.
Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed new Government funding to target the supply of meth into WA, but stresses the new money must not be at the expense of other services which are working in the fight against meth.
Ms Xamon said the Meth Helpline, for example, had undergone crippling cuts in the months before this latest funding announcement.
She said people were crying out for help to deal with meth and its devastating effects, but were not always able to access it.
Organisations delivering services to victims of family and domestic violence (FDV) must be guaranteed long-term funding, Greens spokesperson for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Speaking in Parliament ahead of the 28th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March, Ms Xamon said FDV was a complex issue with many causes and sustainable funding was crucial to preventing it.
Greens spokesperson for Industrial Relations Hon Alison Xamon MLC and spokesperson for Police Hon Tim Clifford MLC have today welcomed Government reforms for the medical retirement process for WA police officers.
Ms Xamon said she was pleased officers deemed medically unfit would no longer be retired under Section 8 of the Police Act – the same mechanism used to retire officers found to be corrupt or ethically unfit for service.
Greens spokesperson for Disability Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed a commitment from the Government that it will develop a State Disability Plan, but says it is vital people with lived experience be involved throughout the design and implementation process.
Ms Xamon said she was pleased calls from the Disability sector for a long-term plan had been answered, particularly in light of worrying trends relating to inclusion for people with disability in WA.
“People with a disability continue to be excluded from infrastructure and services,” Ms Xamon said.