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Griffith youth miss out on health centre

A LOCAL mental health advocate has slammed the federal government's decision to ignore Griffith and establish a youth health centre in Wagga.

Yesterday, in an effort to redress the lack of mental health, drug and alcohol services in rural and regional Australian, Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced Wagga as the site of one of 20 new youth community centres.

But the announcement has drawn criticism from Suicide Awareness president Val Rowe, who said Griffith had again missed out on a vital service. "It's very, very disappointing that Griffith has missed out again," Ms Rowe said. "There's enough stress and complications that families have to go through without having the cost and the burden of a trip to Wagga cast over them."

In making the announcement, Ms Roxon said the government was spending $19 million to ensure rural and regional youths aged between 12 and 25 years had access to the same quality of care available in the capital cities. "The need for more youth services is particularly urgent in regional and rural Australia, where many communities continue to struggle with the impact of drought and high unemployment," Ms Roxon said. "Regional and rural Australia have often suffered from a lack of health services. This investment will help tackle that gap."

Ms Rowe said the decision would make Suicide Awareness even more determined to get its Bricks for Life suicide safety house built. "It's heartbreaking that our city has had so many issues in the last 12 months and yet we can't get a centre here," she said. "I suppose it means we are just going to have to fight harder and harder for our bricks and do it ourselves."

Story by Ross Tyson, The Area News, January 9 2008.

 

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