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c. ACT Lifespan joined over 80 local organisations to share about mental health at the Mental Health Month Expos in 2018 and 2019;

d. Launches of ACT Lifespan (November 2018) and YAM (October 2019) with broad media coverage from key agencies;

e. Promotion of QPR training to the ACT community; and

f. Promotion of RUOK? Day (September 2018 and September 2019) across the ACT in collaboration with the RUOK? National team and BDI.

(9) These community engagement activities have informed the local implementation of the ACT Lifespan and its strategies including:

a. Modification of the governance models for ACT Lifespan to ensure the inclusion of all key stakeholders on the Steering Committee and Working Groups for ACT Lifespan;

b. The introduction of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer for ACT Lifespan;

c. The establishment of Suicide Prevention Officer roles in Canberra Health Services and ACT Education to support the roll out of relevant strategies under ACT Lifespan in health and education settings;

d. The building of stronger partnerships with key agencies such as ACT Education and MIEACT to support the roll out of the component strategies of ACT Lifespan;

e. An improved partnership with the CHN to provide a unified approach to suicide prevention in the ACT;

f. Stronger links with the ACT media and the provision of Mindframe training to ensure safe and effective reporting of suicide deaths in the ACT with better coordinated and streamlined communication after a death has occurred; and

g. Stronger partnerships with agencies such as Headspace which provides suicide aftercare and postvention in the ACT school setting, to ensure a collaborative approach is adopted and that adequate consultation occurs with ACT Education, Catholic Education and the Association of Independent Schools.

Mental health—services
(Question No 2845)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) Were all supported recommendations of the ACT Auditor-General’s Report, Mental Health Services – Transition from Acute Care – Report No.6/2017, implemented within the timeframes indicated in the Government’s responses; if no (a) why, (b) when will they be and (c) which ones remain to be implemented.

(2) Are mental health care services now fully standardised across the ACT; if no, (a) why, (b) when will they be and (c) which service areas are not standardised.

(3) In quantifiable terms, (a) what benefits have these changes brought to consumers of mental health services and (b) to what extent have these changes created efficiencies in the ACT’s mental health system.

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