Senate inquiry to examine claims Indigenous suicide prevention funding misspent

Claims that funding for Indigenous suicide prevention programs is being spent on travel costs will be examined at Senate inquiry into rural and remote mental health services.

The inquiry was approved in the Senate on Monday with backing from Labor and the Greens and will look at the higher rates of suicide in rural Australia, quality of and access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, shortfalls in the mental health workforce, and the use of technology and e-health services.

Rural areas have higher rates of suicide than capital cities and the rates of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice the non-Indigenous suicide rate.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/19/senate-inquiry-to-examine-claims-indigenous-suicide-prevention-funding-misspent

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