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Mental health must take priority over chaplain program

Funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program should be redirected to put qualified mental health workers in every school, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools and mental health Senator Penny Wright.

"There is a youth mental health crisis in Australia - our students need to have access to qualified professionals," Senator Wright said.

"When teenagers are more likely to die from suicide than car accidents, it's time to make it as easy as possible for every young person to get professional mental health support."

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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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