Mental Health

MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION — BED INCREASE TENDER — SOUTH WEST

1752. Hon Alison Xamon to the parliamentary secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health:

I refer to the Mental Health Commission’s request for tender seeking to expand the number of beds in the South West of Western Australia by up to three low medical withdrawal/stabilisation beds and up to 30 residential alcohol and drug treatment beds which closed on 30 July 2018, and I ask:

(a)  have providers been selected to deliver these services;

Climate change and health

There is increasing evidence that changing global temperatures will bring with it increased rates of mental health issues within our communities.

A number of studies, including one from within Australia, suggest that heatwaves are associated with increased hospital admissions for mental disorders and physical health issues. The rate of mood disorders and anxiety disorders is likely to increase as climate change progresses, putting additional strain on our mental health budget and health care system.

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