We are delighted to hear of the government's budget allocation of $27 million for community-based suicide prevention across six Victorian communities.
The Moyne Shire has a population of just 16,000 and a suicide rate growing at an alarming rate. In fact, it has increased by 400% between 2009 and 2014, putting the Moyne Shire's suicide rate at almost triple the state average of 10.8 per 100,000.
2015 stats are not yet available as statistics are not released until after the coronial process has been completed - often taking at least 18 months. This lag is creating major issues for communities wanting to respond to suicide, as they will always be a couple of years behind and it also impedes the planning and responsiveness of agencies and support services.
Will the Minister commit to creating a system with a quarterly release of statistics no more than three months old to remove this issue and save lives?
We have asked the Minister to commit to including Moyne Shire as one of the six communities to be funded under the $27m suicide prevention strategy. We are also asking for a quarterly release of statistics to allow community services to be more responsive.
We will continue to campaign for services in our region.