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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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Senator tours Victoria for rural mental health consultation

Victoria is the next stop on Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright's Australia-wide tour to consult with people 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 Bendigo and the Gippsland region over the next two days to talk to individuals and stakeholders and learn more about the challenges faced by people living in country Victoria when it comes to accessing mental health services.

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Mental Health Nurse Program underestimated by Government

The Australian Greens are very concerned that the Department of Health and Ageing seriously underestimated service level allocations to organisations under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program, something they have admitted during Senate estimate hearings today.

 Under the May Budget, funding of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program was based on past service levels.  In practice, this meant that the program was paused, as organisations were informed that they were restricted to providing client services and sessions at existing levels.

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Estimates: Mental Health Nurses Incentive Program

Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division

Senator WRIGHT: I will turn now to the mental health nurse incentive program, or MHNIP. In May the government announced changes to this program, which essentially resulted in a pause in funding to the program. As a result, organisations employing mental health nurses were directed to maintain existing service levels based on 2011-12 services for the new financial year.

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Estimates: Lifeline

Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Wednesday 17 October 2012

Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division

Senator WRIGHT: I will turn now to some questions about Lifeline. It has been reported that last year Lifeline was unable to answer 3,500 calls due to insufficient resources. That was 3,500 calls that went unanswered. Is that something the department is aware of?

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