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Question Without Notice No. 355 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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SUICIDE PREVENTION — KIMBERLEY

355. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to the statement by the parliamentary secretary for health yesterday regarding the Kimberley suicide prevention round table, which outlined that a preliminary response to the coroner's report will not be published until later this year.

(1) What interim strategies is the government putting in place to support the community, engage with the community and ensure further tragedies do not occur?

(2) What is the indicative month that the government response will be released?

(3) Has the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee met to discuss the concerns raised by the round table and the coroner's report; and, if yes, please table the minutes from those meetings?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

(1) The government is committed to preventing and responding to youth suicide and works closely with local services in the Kimberley so that young people and their families can access services and support. The government is continuing a number of initiatives to address Aboriginal youth suicide, including the Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, the Mental Health Commission's suicide prevention coordinators and Aboriginal family wellbeing project, the Department of Education's schools response program, and the suicide prevention grants program also administered by the Mental Health Commission. The state has also engaged with the Kimberley suicide prevention trial working group on the improvement of services delivered in the region.

(2) The government has not yet settled on a specific release date; however, work is being progressed. A briefing can be provided to the member once the response is settled.

(3) The Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee has been briefed on the whole-of-government response to the coroner's report and will discuss the concerns raised by the round table at the next scheduled meeting in June.