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Date posted: 7 September 2011
Extra Federal Government money to address the growing suicide toll in the Kimberley has been tied up in red tape instead of improving mental health services on the ground, the opposition claims. The $6 million pledge for suicide prevention services for Aboriginal people is yet to be spent. The Health Department said it was 'finalising the establishment of an advisory group that will provide advice on the best way to target this investment in suicide prevention activity specific to Indigenous communities'. Opposition Indigenous health spokesman, Andrew Laming, said it was appalling the Government was taking so long to boost services after the rise in suicides.