Mental Health Youth Local Issues

Swan Hill Generalist Youth Health Counsellor Position

23 June 2015

Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) — (Question 324) My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The Swan Hill Rural City Council and the Swan Hill community have been advised by the Department of Health and Human Services that the Swan Hill generalist youth health counsellor position will cease at 30 June 2015. Given that the Youth Mental Health Swan Hill report shows that 80 young people, some on multiple occasions, presented to the Swan Hill District Health emergency department in 2012 with issues such as depression, anxiety and self‑harm, and given the significant increase in the use of the drug ice in rural communities, I ask: will the minister reconsider his government’s decision to remove the generalist youth health counsellor position from Swan Hill as at 30 June 2015?


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