Cultural Funding Needed to Stop Suicides
Posted on Monday, 21 July 2008
Member for Pearce the Hon Judi Moylan MP is calling on Government to fund culturally appropriate mental health, alcohol and substance misuse counselling in the wake of the recent Aboriginal suicides.
Mental health problems within the Aboriginal Community have reached crises point.
Meeting with the Aboriginal Community Reference Group in Narrogin, Mrs Moylan listened to the representatives who outlined several constructive initiatives to prevent further deaths.
“It is clear rural mental health services are at breaking-point”, Mrs Moylan said.
“It is not surprising when there are only two metal health support workers covering 48,000 square kilometres in rural WA, it is no wonder that when a specific community group needs help there is no Government assistance available.”
“To prevent further tragedies within the Aboriginal community resources need to be made available to train local Aboriginal people.”
“They are ideal to deliver culturally appropriate services for mental health as well as counselling and for alcohol and substance misuse.”
Acknowledging the reference group’s diverse educational and community representation, Mrs Moylan said Narrogin has some of the best individuals on-hand to assist the local Aboriginal population, all they need is bilateral Government support.
Mrs Moylan has committed to raising the matter with the Federal Minister and is coordinating with Terry Walron MLA, State Member for Wagin to convince the WA Health Minister Jim McGinty of the benefit of training local people to deliver local services.