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Parliamentarians rally for youth mental health

A cross-parliamentary group to raise awareness for youth mental health will launch tonight at Parliament House with the support of almost 40 members of parliament.

Established by Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Penny Wright, the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health will work with mental health bodies to develop a multi-partisan understanding of the specific mental health needs of young people.

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Mental health review is a forerunner for cuts

A new review of mental health services will likely lead to mental health funding cuts, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said it was a shame Mr Dutton's first major action in the neglected area of mental health was to outline a review as a clear forerunner for cuts to the sector.

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100 days of mental health innaction

Despite promises to prioritise mental health in his first 100 days as Health Minister, Minister Dutton has not mentioned the words "mental health" once in Parliament, says Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Penny Wright.

"At best this is another broken promise from the Abbott Government. At worst, Mr Dutton has kept his word and this is actually the most we can expect to see from him," Senator Wright said.

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Estimates: Personal Helpers and Mentors program questions

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 
Department of Social Services 

20 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I really only have to questions, in relation to PHAMS, Personal Helpers and Mentors program. I am interested to know whether PHAMS will be funded for future services beyond the current arrangements that are in place or will the money be redirected to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. What is the future of PHAMS?

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Estimates: GP Psych Support service questions

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 
Health Department 

20 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I will move then to the GP Psych Support service. I understand that the Department of Health ceased to fund the GP Psych Support service administered by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the service was shut down on 31 October this year, when its contract for service expired. Am I right in that?

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Only top-to-toe change will fix mental health care

The Federal Government must lead a drastic overhaul of the mental health system to ensure every Australian can access quality care, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

"Without a root and branch reform of mental health in this country, thousands of Australians will continue to miss out on life-saving mental health services," Senator Wright said.

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