20 July 2016 - Territory Labor Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Lauren Moss, pledged to halve the rate of suicide within the next 10 years in the Northern Territory.
As part of Territory Labor’s plan, we will:
“These measures are vitally important to reducing a person’s risk of suicide and supporting families and communities in response to a suicide.
“Territory Labor recognises that there is significant pressure on our inpatient facilities, so Territory Labor will pilot the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative that will provide funding for the NGO sector to support up to 200 people with a mental illness within public housing.
“This is an evidence based program that can dramatically reduce readmission to hospital for patients, improve their quality of life by staying well, and that of their neighbours by having their mental health better managed with greater NGO support. It’s a simple program and extremely effective.”
Labor will ensure greater inclusion of the voices of those with lived experience in policy and service design and delivery.
Territory Labor will also provide scholarships to support mental health specialisation by registered and enrolled nurses and for Aboriginal Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Workers to specialise in mental health support and care.
Costings for Territory Labor’s policy are as follows:
Nurse Family Partnerships
Securing headspace for Katherine
Implementation of the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative
** All other initiatives to be funded from within existing resources
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