The Australian Greens are pleased with the Government’s decision to fast track mental health funding to assist communities being affected by a spate of suicides among young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley.
In response to Senate Estimates questions today from Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues, the Department of Health confirmed that some of the $274 million Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package would be fast tracked to address urgent needs in the region.
“I commend the Government for this action, it makes absolute sense to make some of this package available for the Kimberley,” Senator Siewert said today.
“We hope that this action will allow for the further, timely provision of the resources necessary to assist communities in immediate need.
“We understand that services in the region are working incredibly hard and doing all they can to support their communities. We have nothing but praise for their efforts and it is positive to learn that further support will now be provided” Senator Siewert concluded.