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Question Without Notice No. 316 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

POLICE — POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER — SUICIDES

316. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the suicide of Darren Igglesden in October last year at Cockburn Central Police Station and the recent suicide of my friend Dave Curtis in Kalgoorlie.

(1) What is the government doing to address post-traumatic stress disorder issues for our operational police officers?

(2) Is the government considering any new operational procedures to tackle PTSD for currently serving police officers?

(3) Is the government considering any new legislation to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions for our police?

(4) If no to (3), why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

(1)–(4) It would appear from the preamble that the honourable member has chosen to link the deaths of two serving officers to post-traumatic stress disorder. If the honourable member would like to ask the questions without the preamble, the minister will be more than happy to provide an update on initiatives being taken by the Western Australia Police Force to address PTSD.