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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The State Government must act urgently on the recommendations made to WA’s public mental health services, the AMA (WA) said today.
“West Australians are taking their own lives while a report on our failing mental health system gathers dust on the Minister’s bookshelf,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“The recommendations made by Professor Bryant Stokes highlights the crucial need for more beds for young mental health patients – however this report was made two years ago, and nothing has happened.
“Other States in Australia are demonstrating reductions in suicide, while we are seeing an increase.
“We need to see more investment and more leadership in this area, but firstly we need to recognise just how serious and far-reaching this issue is.
“While more West Australians die, key recommendations that could significantly improve our mental health system remain ignored.
“We need to see less stalling and more action from the State Government,” Dr Gannon said.