Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Urgent action required on mental health hot-spots

The Federal Government should urgently provide more effective support for people in remote areas where there are clusters of self-harming behaviours. Evidence has recently come to light of high local rates of self-harm and suicide in parts of the Northern Territory and central Queensland.

"There are some good suicide prevention programs in Central Australia, including some run with flexible funding by Aboriginal community controlled health services," said Dr Jenny May, Chair of the Alliance. "However recent evidence from other parts of remote Australia shows there are still very serious unmet needs. Someone has to be accountable for the duty of care in such matters, including in remote Indigenous communities.

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