813. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to the Chief Psychiatrist’s review of mental health services for children and young people.

(1)  What is the review time frame?

(2)  Who is it intended will be consulted?

(3)  Will the parliamentary secretary please table any terms of reference.

(4)  Given the concerns raised by parents about the failure of schools to respond appropriately to suicidal teens, will the review consider the intersection between mental health services and schools?

(5)  If no to (4), why not?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)  The review will formally commence on Thursday, 20 August and will report by the end of October 2020.

(2)  As a minimum, the following will be consulted: Ms Savage’s family, child and adolescent mental health service, Ms Savage’s school, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Mental Health Commission, the Ombudsman’s office, and other services and young people identified during the review processes.

(3)  The terms of reference will be tabled after they have been provided to and discussed with Ms Savage’s family and the Child and Adolescent Health Service, which will occur early in the review process.

(4)  The intersection between mental health services and schools will be considered as it pertains to this specific situation. The broader role of schools may need to be considered outside the review as part of the Mental Health Commission’s young people priority framework. Any findings from the review will be fed into the framework. I note that the Mental Health Commission currently funds the response to suicide and self-harm in schools or the school response program. This is an interagency program delivered by the Department of Education and the child and adolescent mental health service and is aimed at ensuring that school-age children have access to services and support.


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