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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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Estimates: National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-066

Senator WRIGHT: 

a) Can you please describe the purpose of the National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework?

b) Can you please describe the progress of the implementation of this Framework?

c) What is the total cost of implementing this Framework over forwward estimates?

d) How much funding was allocated to the Framework in the last budget (2012/2013)?

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Estimates: National Suicide Prevention Strategy Allocation Totals Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-066

Senator WRIGHT: 

Please provide details of the cost of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy over the past three years (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and over forward estimates).

Answer:

Summary of Allocation

2009 - 2010 ($m): 21.7

2010 - 2011 ($m): 24.0

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Estimates: National Suicide Prevention Strategy Questions on Notice

Senate Community Affairs Committee
Health and Ageing Portfolio

Outcome 11 - Mental Health
Question No. E12-065

Senator WRIGHT: 

Please detail the progress of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. For example, what are its main objectives; is there an overall framework or strategy document that is publically available; what are the main programs that fall under the strategy and has its overall effectiveness been evaluated?

Answer:

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