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Abbott government cuts lead to axing of high-performing SA community health program

The Greens say it is deplorable that Abbott Government's health cuts will lead to the loss of an $8 million community care program and force mentally ill patients in South Australia to spend more time in hospitals.

Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health and Senator for South Australia Penny Wright said that the government has pulled the rug out from under this program that works, has been cost-effective, and significantly improves the lives of South Australians.

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Mental health funding extension not a long-term solution

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (17:05): I do thank the Minister Ley for her response, but in her response to the resolution the minister refers to her decision to give a 12-month funding extension to so-called front-line mental health services. While mental health organisations did welcome this funding extension, it is not by any means a long-term solution. It came far too late for many.

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The Abbott Government must address unmet mental health needs

I move that the Senate-

(a) welcomes, after significant delay, the release of the National Mental Health Commission's Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which found:

(i) mental health care in Australia often comes too late, is fragmented, fails to prevent crisis situations, and often does not take into account a person's broader social needs,

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‘Rule of Two’ no more than a stopgap solution

‘Rule of Two’ no more than a stopgap solution

The Greens have warned ‘Rule of Two’ will do little to prevent further tragedies like the Germanwings crash, arguing that properly resourcing support services for pilots would be more effective.

“The government’s announcement is not much more than a stopgap solution,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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