Youth Focus, an organisation committed to the prevention of youth suicide and depression, applauds the news that the WA government’s budget announcement on Thursday will include record funding to social services of $604 million to help organisations offering services in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention, disability and aged care.
Jane Forward, Manager Organisational Development of Youth Focus said,
“As a human services charity that has historically only received only 10% of our annual revenue from the Government sector, we welcome the Premiers announcements regarding the additional support of the community sector in the upcoming budget.
For many years governments of all persuasions have talked the talk but I think we are finally seeing a government walk the walk and actually make some real philosophical shift in the way the community sector is perceived and how its enormous social impact is valued.
Over the past 12 months the government has taken steps to consult more closely with our sector and as a result we are starting to see the fruits of better public policy.
A good example of this is the establishment of the Mental Health Commission, the first of its kind in Australia. There is undoubtedly much more work to be done in this area but we are really encouraged by the direction of Barnett government”
For further information or comment please contact Jane Forward (Manager Organisational Development) jane.forward
Jane has worked extensively in the area of youth mental health in both Australia and overseas and she is currently responsible for strategy development within Youth Focus.
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