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STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND AGEING - 20/04/2010 - Youth suicide
STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND AGEING
House of Representatives committee
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Youth suicide
Final

CHAIR —Good afternoon. Thank you for attending today. I would like to make a very quick statement. I declare open the public forum on early intervention programs and preventing youth suicide. According to the Inspire Foundation, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among Australians aged 15 to 24, alongside road and traffic accidents. In addition, according to Orygen Youth Health, one in four young people will experience a mental health condition at any time in the next 12 months. These are staggering statistics. Therefore the committee has decided to convene this roundtable hearing to better understand early intervention programs aimed at preventing youth suicide.

The committee hopes that this forum will discuss what works and why, in the area of suicide prevention, so that we can take these lessons forward into future suicide prevention programs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you here for making time to speak with us here today. Your evidence will be used in the preparation of a report which will make recommendations to the Minister for Health and Ageing. Although the committee does not require you to speak under oath you should understand that these hearings are formal proceedings of the Commonwealth parliament. Giving false or misleading evidence is a serious matter and may be regarded as a contempt of parliament.

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