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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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Small steps on suicide welcomed, much more still outstanding- Greens

The Australian Greens say the Government’s response to the Senate Community Affairs Inquiry on Suicide and Suicide Prevention chaired by Senator Rachel Siewert is to be welcomed, but note there are many more recommendations in the Senate Standing Committee’s report which have not been supported.

“The Hidden Toll report found significant investment in suicide prevention and mental heal services was needed, and it’s disappointing that many of these recommendations aren’t being addressed,” Senator Rachel Siewert, said today.

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Greens back major church groups call to action on mental health

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers of social services to political parties to commit to immediate action on mental health.

"Funding for community mental health services is a priority for The Greens," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Health spokesperson today.

"The Greens have previously called on the Government to act on the mental health recommendations of the NHHRC report," Senator Siewert said.

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Australian Greens call for appointment of Federal Mental Health Minister

The Australian Greens have congratulated the Coalition for putting mental health back on the national agenda and are calling for their $1.5 billion policy announcement to be implemented through the appointment of a dedicated Mental Health Minister.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, says the Greens would work with an Abbott Government to implement their mental health policy if elected, and would extend the same offer to the ALP.

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