472. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health’s 9 April 2019 statement on suicide prevention in the Kimberley.

(1)  When does the government intend to publish its responses to the coroner’s report and “Learnings From the Message Stick: The Report of the Inquiry into Aboriginal Youth Suicide in Remote Areas”?

(2)  Which government agencies are contributing to these responses?

(3)  Is the government consulting with Aboriginal people to help inform its response?

(4)  If yes to (3), who is the government consulting with?

(5)  If no to (3), why not?

(6)  Will a commitment to funding measures form part of the response?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)  The government has not yet settled on a specific release date; however, work is being progressed.

(2)  Agencies that have contributed to the response include the Department of Communities; Mental Health Commission; Department of Health; Western Australia Police Force; Department of Education; Department of Training and Workforce Development; Commissioner for Children and Young People; Department of Treasury; Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Department of Justice; Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Mental Health Advocacy Service; Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; Public Sector Commission; and Department of Transport.

(3)  Yes.

(4)  The government is consulting with Aboriginal people, including key Aboriginal community controlled organisations and respected Aboriginal subject matter experts, on developing a response to the recent recommendations on Aboriginal youth suicide from the coroner’s report and the “Learnings from the Message Stick” report.

(5)  Not applicable.

(6)  The government is yet to finalise its response to the recommendations.


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