Council Conference To Disucss And Address Youth Challenges In WA

Youth Minister Peter Tinley kicked off the Youth Affairs Council of WA’s Unfairground Conference, encouraging attendees to suggest new pathways to address challenges young West Australians facing in this era. YACWA’s bi-annual conference provides an opportunity for young people to network, share ideas and experiences that focus on prominent youth issues.  This year’s conference discussed…

Mental Health Protection Enhanced Through New FIFO Code of Practice

The State Government is further protecting the mental health of fly-in, fly-out workers, with the release of an updated draft of practice for public comment. A second draft has been made available following an initial public consultation period earlier this year providing guidance on mental health safety. “While this code of practice targets FIFO workers…

Regional WA Mental Health Care Bolstered With New Service

A new community mental health service will open in regional WA that will provide vital residential and individualised care for those with mental health conditions. The community mental health step up/ step down service will support people in the community in areas close to their personal network, while also cutting hospital admissions, serving as a…

Kids Helpline funding needed to satisfy increased demand

The Federal Government is being called on to urgently top-up funding for Kids Helpline. The nation-wide counselling service providing a listening ear for children and young people in need, is unable to keep up with an increased demand of calls. It’s reported that more than half of calls made went unanswered, hence the Government being…

New Dedicated Mental Health Unit For Youths In Bentley

In the months to come, the new dedicated mental health unit in Bentley will be operating completely, allowing the number of beds to increase for young people up to the age of 24. A 12-bed specialized mental health in patient service for 16 to 24 year olds will be provided by the East Metropolitan Youth…

Aboriginal Youth Suicide “Epidemic” Leads To Appeal For Imrpoved Support

An Indigenous activist has called for more support services for aboriginal people, following a spate of indigenous youth suicides over the past year. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades wants an indigenous appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with drug addiction particularly from crystal methamphetamine or ice use a major contributing factor. “In the past eight…

“Larger” Early Onset Dementia Link Prompt Youths To Rethink Alcohol

Mental health experts are calling for young people to be taught a better relationship with alcohol, after new research revealed a bigger link between excessive drinking and early onset dementia. WA Greens Mental Health spokesperson Alison Xamon said young people did not make the connection between their heavy drinking habits and health consequences later in…

FIFO Code Of Practice May Not Be Enough To Prevent Suicide

The Code of Practice for the mental health of FIFO workers might not be going far enough in assisting the prevention of adverse mental health and suicide rates in FIFO workers. Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon said while it superficially identified some risks to works, it failed to provide examples of best…