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Mental health plan update highlights continued underinvestment in community-managed and forensic services

Friday, May 24, 2019

Greens spokesperson for mental health and suicide prevention the Hon Alison Xamon MLC welcomed the release today of the 2018 update of the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 (the Plan), but said there was a long way to go to reach the plan’s targets.

“The Plan was developed through a thorough and robust consultation and economic modelling process and I am pleased the McGowan Government is undertaking work to map progress towards the plan’s recommendations,” said Ms Xamon.

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Meaningful action to address Aboriginal suicide long overdue: Greens

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Greens spokesperson for mental health and suicide prevention the Hon Alison Xamon MLC has welcomed the release today of the Government’s preliminary response to the Coroner’s Inquest into Aboriginal youth suicide in the Kimberley and the Message Stick Inquiry.

“I am particularly heartened to see the Government’s recognition of the need: for Aboriginal people and communities to lead this process; to break down silos and to address the intergenerational effects of colonisation,” she said.

CCC report highlights importance of conflict of interest training, and the importance of whistleblowing: Greens

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Greens spokesperson for integrity of government Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today noted the importance of conflict of interest training, as well as strong protections for whistle-blowers, following the release of the Corruption and Crime Commission’s latest report regarding the corrupt behaviour of a previous employee of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

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Shortage of addiction specialist clinicians in the WA health system: Greens

Friday, May 17, 2019

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Minister for Mental Health to urgently address a shortage of addiction specialist psychiatrists and physicians in the Western Australian health system.

Answers to questions Ms Xamon asked in Parliament have revealed that there are only 2 registered specialist addiction psychiatrists and 14 registered specialist addiction physicians employed in the entire Western Australian health system.

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Child protection failings reinforce need for independent oversight body

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Last night in parliament Hon Alison Xamon MLC, Greens spokesperson for Child Protection, renewed her call for independent oversight of child protection services in the wake of the WA Coroner’s adverse findings against the then Department for Child Protection and Family Services (CPFS).

Ms Xamon said the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley identified a range of areas where improvements should be made to address high numbers of suicides by Aboriginal children and young people, including in the delivery of child protection services.

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