Greens welcome important announcements for suicide prevention & Healing Foundation

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The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement of two key funding investments- the suicide prevention strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Healing Foundation.

"Suicide rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remain alarmingly high and specific strategies to address this are essential," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.

"I am pleased the Minister has announced a national whole-of-government strategy approach. Sustained, long term investment across the country is fundamental for ensuring programs and strategies can be effective.

"The huge suicide rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities devastates those regions and must be addressed as a matter of priority.

"I am also relieved to see the Government announce renewed funding for the Healing Foundation, who are undertaking incredibly important work with members of the Stolen Generation.

"I am glad to see this funding, given that it wasn't included in the announcements made on Budget night.

"This commitment ensures the foundation is able to provide important support to assist those who continue to suffer as a result of the past stolen generation policies.

"Delivering services and support to those affected by these past policies is a fundamental part of delivering on the spirit of the National Apology.

"Strong, positive investments are essential for moving us closer to addressing the impacts of past appalling policies," Senator Siewert concluded.