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Question Without Notice No. 67 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 February 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

STEP-UP, STEP-DOWN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY — KARRATHA

67. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to a letter received by my office on 23 November 2018 from the Minister for Mental Health detailing support measures in place for community consultation for the proposed Karratha step-up, step-down mental health facility, citing that he recognised the importance of engaging with consumers, their families and carers, local residents, the broader community and local authorities.

(1) Apart from the one meeting mentioned in the minister's letter, how many times has either the minister and/or the member for Pilbara engaged with the Save Gregory Way group?

(2) Would the minister please detail physical meetings and teleconferences and table any relevant correspondence resulting from these meetings?

(3) If no to (1), would the minister please provide a justification for not engaging again with this group?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised as follows.

(1) The Minister for Mental Health has not had direct engagement with the Save Gregory Way group and is unaware of any direct contacts the member for Pilbara has had with the group. Although the Minister for Mental Health has not had direct engagement with the group, the Mental Health Commission is responsible for coordinating community engagement in association with the City of Karratha.

(2) Nil.

(3) Although the Minister for Mental Health has not had direct engagement, the Mental Health Commission engages regularly with members of the community in Karratha, including visiting Karratha. The Mental Health Commission held a teleconference with two representatives raising concerns about Gregory Way on 19 November 2018.