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Mentally ill should have access to insurance

Insurance exceptions allowing discrimination against people with mental ill-health must be re-examined, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs and Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright.

Through the Senate Inquiry process beginning today, the Australian Greens will seek to amend the exceptions for insurance agencies to make the sector more transparent and accountable.

"It is very disappointing and unfair if these exceptions are being exploited by insurance companies," Senator Wright said.

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Estimates: Mental Health First Aid Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-080

Senator WRIGHT: 

$6.1 million of funding was allocated to provide training to frontline community workers in 40 regions in Australia. Please list all regions which have received funding for training, how much funding was allocated to each region, a description of the training that was provided for each region, and how many people received training in each region.

Answer:

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Estimates: BeyondBlue Program Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-081

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) Could the Department give a progress report on beyondblue's men's mental health and suicide awareness campaigns, which received $9 million funding to benefit high-risk groups, including single men, fathers, older men, the unemployed, rural and Indigenous men.

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Estimates: KidsMatter Program Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-082

Senator WRIGHT: 

What proportion of the 1700 primary schools which received additional funding under the $19.6 million allocated to expanding the KidsMatter program are located in (i) a regional community, (ii) a rural community, and (iii) a remote community.

Answer:

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Estimates: Taking Action to Tackle Suicide (TATS) Package Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-079

Senator WRIGHT: 

In the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Package, $60 million was committed to 'Boosting non-clinical support services'.

Please outline which services and programs were funded, how much each service received per financial year, and what the additional funding equates to in terms of additional capacity of services for each program listed.

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Estimates: Telephone Counselling, Self-Help and Web-Based Support Programme Funding Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-077

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) The call for proposals for the Telephone Counselling, Self-Help and Web-Based Support Programme (Open Round) closed some months ago. How many proposals did the Department receive?

b) How many of these prosposals have received funding?

c) How much, in both dollar terms and percentage, of the program funding has been committed?

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Estimates: MindHealthConnect Value for Money Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-076

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) What is the total amount that has been spent on the mindhealthconnect website since launch. Please break down figures into cost of design and building the website, and ongoing costs for maintenance. Please also give details of ongoing costs of maintaining the mindhealthconnect website over forward estimates.

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