Suicide Prevention

The WA Govt announced on May 29 that it has committed $13m to the Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-12 which will be implemented by Centrecare Inc. Centrecare will work alongside the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. About 2000 Australians suicide every year. For WA Govt press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx?ItemId=133593&

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POSTED 9 Jun 2010
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Youth Strategy

The National Youth Week was held last week with activities across the country. On 14 April, 201 the Minister of Youth Kate Ellis launched the National Strategy for Young Australians.

Among its findings: 1 in 4 people aged between 16-24 are living with a mental disorder, 1 in 3 experience moderate to high levels of psychological distress.

To read executive Summary: http://www.youth.gov.au/Documents/ExecSumm.pdf

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Welfare Issues

A report released Nov 17 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare considers Australia’s Welfare. Among other things it shows that about 34,000 children were on care and protection orders in 2007-08 –a 37% jump in 2 years.

For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/aus/aw09/index.html

For media statement: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2009/mr20091117.cfm

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POSTED 27 Nov 2009
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Drugs Worry

Drugs, suicide and body image are the issues of most concern to young people according to a Mission Australia survey of 48,000 youth aged 11-24.

For report: http://officialmissionaustralia.blogspot.com/

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POSTED 27 Nov 2009
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Drinking Age Push

The leader of the CDP in NSW, Rev Fred Nile, is leading a push to lift the drinking age to 21. Rev Nile said research showed that new evidence indicated that raising the drinking age would result in a decrease in mental health issues. For more on the recent research on the affect of drinking by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney(6.5MB) http://www.bmri.org.au/news/2009/drinkwise.pdf

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POSTED 2 Oct 2009
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Mental Health

The Aust Govt is providing an additional $16.7m over 3yrs for 16 National respite Development Fund Organisations across Australia that provide mental health services. In WA it includes $721,000 to LAMP Incorporated, $2.4m to Mental Illness Fellowship of WA, $43,000 to Frontier Services, $295,000 United Care West, $927,000 Wanslea Family Services Inc. For more: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/mental_health_respite_carer_support_services_4jun09.htm

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POSTED 13 Jun 2009