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Tuesday, 23 September 1997
Page: 6786

(Question No. 653)


Senator Neal asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Family Services, upon notice, on 23 June 1997:

(1) Can a breakdown be provided of how funding under the $19 million National Youth Suicide Strategy was spent in New South Wales by: (a) organisation; (b) region; and (c) electorate.

(2) Can a breakdown be provided of how funding under the $19 million National Youth Suicide Strategy was spent in all States and Territories, except New South Wales by: (a) organisation; (b) region; and (c) electorate.


Senator Newman —The Minister for Health and Family Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No.

(2) No.

As stated in the answer to Parliamentary Question Number 556, some $6 million has been provided to States and Territories for rural and regional youth counselling services. That funding is being distributed as set out in the answer to Question Number 556. Final allocation to regions, subject to the project guidelines, is a State and Territory government responsibility. As the projects are in the early stages of development and not all the funding has yet been allocated within States and Territories, it is not yet possible to obtain a complete regional or electoral breakdown from State and Territory governments.

In addition, a further $1.5 million is being allocated to States and Territories to support education and training programs for health professionals. These funds are allocated as follows: $300,000 for each of New South Wales and Victoria; $200,000 for Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia; and $100,000 for Tasmania and the Territories. Information on the allocation of these funds within States is not available at present.

Some $6 million is being provided to Lifeline and Kid's Help Line for the enhancement of over the phone support programs on a national basis.

Of the remaining funding, some $300,000 was allocated through a tender process to the Hunter Institute of Psychiatry to develop national university curricula.

Some $4.2 million—$3 million for parenting activity, $1 million for research and $200,000 for education and training—has yet to be tendered.

Note: While the funds allocated to the projects described above total $18 million, they represent a total of $19 million in out-turned prices.