Greens spokesperson for corrective services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has repeated her call for the Minister for Corrective Services to address understaffing of prison counselling and mental health services following the coroner’s release of findings into the inquest of five suicides at Casuarina prison.
“The coroner identified ‘critical shortfalls’ in these essential mental health services, and recommended the Department of Justice take ‘urgent steps’ to recruit more staff,” said Ms Xamon.
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.
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.
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.
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.