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State Suicide Strategy flawed in its approach to funding suicide prevention
20 April 2012
The failure of the State Suicide Strategy to readily fund the Yiriman Project designed to help young Aboriginals at serious risk is a sharp example of the limitations of the Strategy’s approach, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Alison Xamon said today.
“When the Barnett Government originally announced a significant increase in the amount of funding available for suicide prevention programs this was welcomed by the mental health sector and those passionate about the need to address the tragedy of suicide,” Ms Xamon said.
“But there are serious flaws in the way in which some organisations, even those with a demonstrated track record in suicide prevention, are able to access those funds.
“The difficulty facing the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) that today has come out expressing its frustration at being unable to receive funding for the Yiriman Project is a classic case in point.
“The Yiriman Project has been taking Aboriginal youth, identified as at risk, and re-connecting them with their land and culture. This Project has been highly successful in giving disenfranchised Aboriginal youth a strong sense of identity and purpose and has been a powerful tool in stemming the appalling rates of suicide amongst Aboriginal youth. These youth are often spread far and wide across the Kimberley, but only come to the attention of people once they start to fall foul of the justice system.
“Yet the way the funding applications for the State Suicide Strategy works, a Kimberley wide approach to suicide prevention such as the Yiriman Project can only be funded if effectively every Aboriginal community in the Kimberley signs up to it. This is simply not practical and fails to understand that sometimes the best and most effective programs do need to be run from the top down.
“The Suicide Strategy is premised on an assumption that local communities can take the lead. And although in many cases this is true, and is a worthy goal, it should not and can not be the only approach that is adopted.
“I am urging the Minister for Mental Health to urgently revisit how the funding is allocated, and to establish a framework which enables organisations which run effective, albeit not local community lead campaigns, to still be funded out of the State Suicide Strategy funds. People’s lives are at stake and now is the time for practical flexibility to be employed,” Ms Xamon concluded.
Note for Editors:
Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 28 June 2011]
Hon Alison Xamon; Hon Helen Morton
YIRIMAN PROJECT — SUICIDE PREVENTION ROLE
3894. Hon Alison Xamon to the Minister for Mental Health
I refer to the very successful Yiriman Project and its role in suicide prevention, and ask —
(1) Will any funding be provided under the Mental Health portfolio for this important program?
(2) If yes to (1), how much funding will be provided for the 2010-2011 financial year?
(3) Will the Minister support moves to enable the Yiriman Project to expand its services to provide
preventative programs which aim to engage and divert at-risk youths before they encounter the justice
(4) If yes to (3), how?
(5) If no to (3), why not?
Hon HELEN MORTON replied:
(1)–(5) Funding for the Yiriman Project will be considered as part of the State Suicide Prevention Strategy. The
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) will receive $800,000 to fund four
community coordinators to work across the Kimberley for an initial 12 months to develop Community
Action Plans (CAPs) to suicide-proof communities as part of the State Suicide Prevention Strategy. The
coordinators will cover the Wyndham and the East Kimberley region, Fitzroy Crossing and West
Kimberley, Broome, Derby and Halls Creek. The Yiriman Project will be considered as an option under
the CAPs for these regions.
Since 2008, the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) have received funding of
$302,850 for the suicide prevention elements of the wider Yiriman project through the National Suicide
Prevention Program (NSPP). This funding ends 30 June 2011. The Yiriman Youth Diversion Program
has recently been offered funding by the Commonwealth Government of $396,380 over the next three
For further comment contact Alison
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051
Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931
Phone: (08) 9272 1718
Fax: (08) 9272 1719
Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services,Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering