RRMH applauds support for Aussie veterans

5 Feb 20
by Andy

RRMH applauds support for Aussie veterans

In a move welcomed by Rural and Remote Mental Health, Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced the decision to appoint a National Commissioner for Defence and Suicide Prevention.

The new office will responsible for investigating veteran suicides, rendering a Royal Commission unnecessary.

Mr Morrison said the National Commissioner for Defence and Suicide Prevention would be independent and have “Royal Commissioner-like authorities”, including the power to call witnesses and compel evidence.

Rural and Remote Mental Health Acting CEO Tim Saal was encouraged by the announcement.

“We’re glad to see the government prioritising such a pressing issue,” Mr Saal said.

“Our servicemen and servicewomen make a vital contribution, but they suffer from disproportionately high rates of mental illness and suicide.

“Rural and Remote Mental Health has long understood the benefit of tailored mental health training and support.

“So we’re supportive of a specialist resource that’s focused on our veterans and identifying their specific needs.”

Mr Saal called on the Commissioner to focus on practical outcomes, advocating for the development and support of appropriately tailored services.

“Communities are ready and willing to help their mates – they just need to be equipped and enabled to provide that support,” he said.

“On the ground service providers are the critical link that can ensure our veterans have access to the help they need and rightfully deserve.”