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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.

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.

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