Page 821 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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In addition to the work that was described in the health and wellbeing section of the report that was tabled, I want to highlight a few things that have not made it into the report. One of them is the Towards our Vision—Re-envisioning Older Persons Mental Health and Wellbeing in the ACT Strategy 2022-2026, which was launched in August 2022. It includes a number of measures for the first two years of the strategy that specifically look at older women’s social determinants of mental illness. This includes exploring the drivers of homelessness in older women and exploring the mental health impacts on older women of their experiences of family violence.

It also looks at some specific issues for the LGBTIQ+ community, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for our multicultural community, which enables us to look at some of the intersectionality in the social determinants of older women’s mental ill health. That includes co-designing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elder Day program which will provide additional support for older First Nations women. It includes identifying and promoting mental health and wellbeing information for refugee and migrant older people. Having worked with older women who have a refugee and migrant background, I know that the experiences of those women really do contribute to their mental wellbeing as they get older. It also includes promoting targeted mental health resources for older LGBTIQ+ people.

I table a copy of that strategy:

Towards our Vision—Re-envisioning Older Persons Mental Health and Wellbeing in the ACT Strategy 2022-2026—Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, dated July 2022.

I would also like to point out that we are continuing to work on mental health services in relation to eating disorders. The Eating Disorders Clinical Hub was launched in January of 2022. The early intervention service for eating disorders was launched in December of 2023, and we are continuing with the construction work for the eating disorders residential centre, which is due to open in this financial year, as was committed to the Commonwealth.

In November 2022 we also launched guidance to support gender-affirming care for mental health. This demonstrates our commitment to providing improved mental health care for everyone in the trans, intersex and gender non-binary community, including trans women and women with intersex characteristics.

I table a copy of the guidelines:

Guidance to support gender affirming care for mental health—Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, dated October 2021.

We are also continuing to see better service delivery of youth mental health services. The MindMap portal is continuing to provide additional ways for people to connect to services that can support girls and young women at an earlier stage in their mental health journey, as well as the holding service that provides support and counselling from clinical youth navigators.

I also want to provide a very brief update on the Sue Salthouse Leadership Fund.
It does have a larger funding base now, thanks to philanthropic contributions and


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