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Back to the Future on Health Care

This budget fails Australian patients, has zero vision for the future of the system and is a political fix, pure and simple. The Government’s plan to lift the Medicare freeze will have no impact for patients for at least a year, if not longer, leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“Greg Hunt’s ‘road map’ for health lacks any vision for the future of healthcare in this country. It’s a U-turn that takes us back to where we were three years ago. 

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Greens back new approach to suicide prevention

Greens back new approach to suicide prevention

The Greens have backed calls for the development and introduction of a new approach to suicide prevention, supporting the recommendations of the National Mental Health Commission.

“Right now seven Australians die from suicide every day,” said the Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Cuts to mental health funding in the budget

Senator RICE: I want to start with the overall portfolio budget statement for mental health. There appears to be a fall-off in mental health funding. This is program 2.1, where we go from $700 million in 2016-17 to $717 million in 2017-18 to $730 million in 2018-19 and then down to $547 million in 2019-20.

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Jump in suicide rates demands national priority

Jump in suicide rates demands national priority

With the latest figures showing a dramatic increase of 11.4% in the national suicide rate, the Greens have called on the federal government to urgently implement a suicide prevention program that puts people at the centre of care.

“These distressing figures must be a wakeup call to change the way we approach suicide prevention,” said the Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Estimates: cuts to Partners in Recovery and Day to Day Living

Senator RICE: You mentioned in your answers to questions from Senator Gallagher that there were two programs that were going to have their funding continued for three years. Partners in Recovery was one. What was the other one?

Ms Cole: Day to Day Living.

Senator RICE: The streamlining savings for Partners in Recovery, the $141 million, was largely coming from Partners in Recovery, was it not?

Mr Cormack: That was a big part of the savings.  

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