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Estimates: MindHealthConnect Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-074

Senator WRIGHT: 

Could the Department give a general update on the operation of mindhealthconnect since launch. In this update, please provide site analytics including total visitor numbers (including trends over time), the demographics of users, average time spent on the website per user, most popular features of the website, and how these statistics are collected and calculated.

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Estimates: National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-066

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) Can you please describe the purpose of the National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework?

b) Can you please describe the progress of the implementation of this Framework?

c) What is the total cost of implementing this Framework over forwward estimates?

d) How much funding was allocated to the Framework in the last budget (2012/2013)?

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Estimates: National Suicide Prevention Strategy Allocation Totals Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-066

Senator WRIGHT: 

Please provide details of the cost of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy over the past three years (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and over forward estimates).

Answer:

Summary of Allocation

2009 - 2010 ($m): 21.7

2010 - 2011 ($m): 24.0

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Estimates: National Suicide Prevention Strategy Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-065

Senator WRIGHT: 

Please detail the progress of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. For example, what are its main objectives; is there an overall framework or strategy document that is publically available; what are the main programs that fall under the strategy and has its overall effectiveness been evaluated?

Answer:

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Estimates: National Suicide Prevention Strategy Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-067

Senator WRIGHT: 

Over the past three years, what component of the total cost of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy has been directed towards specific rural or remote based suicide prevention initiatives (please provide both numerical and percentage values)?

Answer:

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Mental health action needs plan for success

The Australian Greens are urging the Government to build on the National Mental Health Commission's first annual Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention released today to develop concrete targets for improving mental health services.

Spokesperson on Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, welcomed the report and said the Government should also consider the unique challenges of rural and regional areas in implementing the recommendations.

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Remembering and caring for those who serve Australia: Greens

Commemorating Remembrance Day today, Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs and Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, acknowledged the sacrifice of Australians who have died serving our country and recognised the enduring impacts of service on veterans and their families.

"As we give thanks for the generous service of our Australian Defence personnel on Remembrance Day, we should also consider the challenges faced by veterans who return home from war - and their families," Senator Wright said.

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Senator tours Queensland for rural mental health consultation

Queensland is the next stop for Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright's Australia-wide consultation about the quality of, and access to, mental health services in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Senator Wright, who is the Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, will visit Cairns, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast region over the next three days to talk to individuals and stakeholders about the challenges faced by people living in country Queensland when it comes to accessing essential mental health services.

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Greens applaud suicide assistance program

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, today welcomed an announcement the Federal Government will invest $20 million into a headspace program to assist schools deal with suicides.

"When a young person commits suicide, it is devastating for so many people, including their peers and teachers," Senator Wright said.

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