Mental Health

Police and Mental Health co-response teams trial a resounding success – but more investment needed in failing mental health system

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon MLC has congratulated the Government on the successful trial of the police and mental health co-response team initiative – but says there is still a way to go to fix the multiple gaps that still exist within the mental health system.

Ms Xamon said the current and previous Governments were to be commended for implementing the first trial of its kind in Australia – following a staggering sixfold increase in police call-outs to incidents involving mental health in just 10 years.

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656. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to the 10-year “Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015–2025” and the recently released “Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce: What the Taskforce Heard” consultation report, both of which identify the critical need for greater access to a timely response and assistance with system navigation for people with alcohol and other drug issues.

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