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An allocation of $1.5 million from the Federal Budget has been made towards the development of community-based suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA). The Federal Government will spend $6 million on suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region over four years, starting with the initial Budget allocation.
The Mental Health Minister, Mark Butler, told the Herald that he acknowledged that Indigenous suicide rates in the Kimberley were the highest in the nation, and that there was a need for agencies to identify and respond faster to suicide 'clusters'. The Minister said funds will also be available for a hotline for Indigenous health workers who may be confronted with life and death 'presentations on the ground' in remote communities.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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