Page 3379 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 19 October 2022

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Our young people are experiencing a layering up of existential crises. The planet is burning, the air is not safe to breathe, and they face a future with serious economic barriers to securing employment and housing, and all of the flow-on impacts that these problems have for their family and social relationships. It is no surprise, then, that our young people are making use of the increased mental health early intervention services being delivered in their community, closer to where they live—investments not just for young people but for everyone in our community.

This is why we have invested in the MindMap portal, with youth navigators supporting young people to find mental health supports; the first Safe Haven, opening in Belconnen last November, providing people experiencing distress with a warm and welcoming space to talk with peer mental health workers; the Garran Step Up Step Down, open for just over a year now, providing residential mental health care before a person reaches the point where they need a hospital inpatient stay, and a gentle and supported transition back home again; increased services in the community for people with eating disorders; and, in this budget, the expansion of child and youth mental health services in Gungahlin, closer to where we have a concentration of young people living, and mindful of those social determinants I talked about earlier that have such an impact on youth mental wellbeing. We will also work with the community to co-design a new youth at risk trauma service.

We intend to do much more: more prevention, more early intervention, more delivery of services in the community closer to where people live, more data-driven, evidence-based policy work, and more co-design of new services with people with lived experience. The social determinants of health that I have talked about today need to be considered in planning for the future of our health system, and we need to incorporate the effects of climate change into that planning work. For this reason, I support the motion.

Debate (on motion by Ms Orr) adjourned to the next sitting.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2022-2023

Debate resumed from 2 August, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

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