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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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R U OK? Day - The Power of Connecting

I've recently learned about a wonderful African concept: Ubuntu. It means 'I am what I am because of who we all are.' It speaks of being larger than an individual - being connected to others and part of a community. Ubuntu. Essentially, it means we can't be human by ourselves.

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New Parliament must commit to reducing suicide rates

The Australian Greens will work with other parties in the new parliament to tackle suicide rates, especially in rural areas, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day, Senator Wright said research continued to show suicide rates were higher in rural and regional areas.

"Every suicide has a profound impact on families and whole communities. We all need to work urgently on reversing this devastating trend," Senator Wright said.

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Old parties sideline mental health

Tony Abbott's mental health policy is so small, it's an insult to the thousands of Australians living with mental ill-heath, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

"Tony Abbott's announcement today is a huge disappointment," Senator Wright said.

"With the Coalition only delivering $23 million more over four years compared to Labor, the mental health policies of the old parties will not even scratch the surface of what is needed to improve outcomes for people with mental ill-health."

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Health for all: Greens investing in healthcare

Every Australian deserves good healthcare. Where you live, or how much money you earn, shouldn't decide how well you get looked after when you are sick. The Greens are standing up for universal, quality healthcare at this election.

We cannot risk Tony Abbott making extreme cuts to healthcare services which will hurt millions of people - but by caving into big business and mining lobbyists, the Labor Party has missed opportunities to raise revenue to fund better healthcare for Australians.

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