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Mental Health Motion response

Mental Health Motion moved by Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS.

Senator SIEWERT—The Greens did not support this motion—and I had already signalled to Senator Fierravanti-Wells that we would not—because there was no costing associated with the proposal.

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Greens seek immediate action to tackle Aboriginal suicide

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal Issues, said today the Government should be using some of the $277 million committed to suicide prevention during the election to address the recent increase in the number of people taking their own life in northern Australia’s Aboriginal communities.

In Question Time today, Senator Siewert addressed the spate of recent suicides in Aboriginal communities, questioning the Government’s response to the crisis and calling for the immediate development of a specific suicide prevention strategy for Aboriginal people.

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Indigenous Suicide

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.26 pm)—I move: That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Ludwig, to a question without notice asked by Senator Siewert today, relating to Indigenous suicide.

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Indigenous Suicide

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question today is to the Minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister Ludwig. Bearing in mind the increasing rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal Australians in Northern Australia, I ask a question on that issue. There have been six Indigenous people younger than 18 in the Northern Territory who have taken their own lives in the last month, and there have been at least two in northern Western Australia, along with a number of attempted suicides. I ask: is the government aware of this situation?

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World Alzheimer Report highlights Australia’s dementia crisis

The Australian Greens say the latest international data on dementia suggests a more concerted effort is needed to tackle this growing challenge.

The World Alzheimer Report has put the global cost of dementia in 2010 at $631 billion, and predicts the number of people with dementia will dramatically increase in coming years.

Greens Health and Aged Care spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert says the annual cost of dementia care in Australia is currently estimated at $5.4 billion, with the number of Australians with dementia set to double by 2030.

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Greens launch crucial dementia initiative

The Australian Greens have launched their comprehensive Dementia Initiative in Perth today, saying Australia faces a growing epidemic of dementia in coming years.

Greens Health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert says dementia care costs Australia an estimated $5.4 billion per annum, with the number of Australians with dementia set to double by 2030.

“Dementia is the largest single cause of disability in older Australians, and is the third largest cause of death,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens point to unanswered questions in health debate

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Health spokesperson says say today’s health debate left many unanswered questions about provision for mental illness and preventive health initiatives in Australia.

“Minister Roxon says mental health can’t be addressed without strengthening GPs and superclinics, e-health and Medicare Locals. This government’s record on building superclinics is poor – with just three built since 2007 despite their promise to build 36,” said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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