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Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Committee to hear from Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia

Issue date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

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On 27 May 2021, the first day of National Reconciliation Week, the House Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention will hear from Mr Tom Brideson, CEO of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia – the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention leadership body.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, is fitting as the Committee turns its focus to identifying impactful measures to support mental health reform, suicide prevention, and improved wellbeing.

Chair, Dr Fiona Martin MP, said ‘The Committee looks forward to hearing from Gayaa Dhuwi to develop a better understanding of issues around accessibility to culturally-appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Committee is particularly interested in how the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce can be strengthened to meet urban, rural and regional demand.’

On 3 June 2021, the Committee will continue its engagement with national peak bodies, holding a public hearing with Mental Health Australia and Suicide Prevention Australia – two organisations representing and promoting the collective interests of the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.

Public hearing details

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia

Date: Thursday 27 May 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am AEST

Location: Committee Room 1R5, Parliament House, Canberra

Mental Health Australia and Suicide Prevention Australia

Date: Thursday 3 June 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 am AEST

Location: Committee Room 1R5, Parliament House, Canberra

The hearings will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/liveand the public hearing programs will be available on the Committee website.


The Committee is unable to intervene or provide advice in relation to individual circumstances. If you are in immediate danger, please contact 000. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact one of the services below:

Lifeline Australia13 11 14

BeyondBlue1300 224 636

Suicide Call Back1300 659 467

eheadspace1800 650 890

Kids Help Line1800 551 800

Media inquiries

Office of Dr Fiona Martin MP
Chair of Committee
(02) 9715 7444

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4633
mhsp.reps@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

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