Category: Director’s Reports

Director’s Report December 2017

December 7, 2017 No Comments by White Wreath


Modern technology is supposed to lead to increased efficiency and the easing of our daily workload. This has not been the case with Texting Services. This service has placed an enormous workload on White Wreath – so much so that our resources are stretched to beyond capacity. We have asked governments previously for help on […]

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Director’s Report August 2017

August 1, 2017 No Comments by White Wreath

White Wreath is profoundly disappointed at the failure by Health Minister Greg Hunt to introduce meaningful programs to address Australia’s major health problem – our rising suicide rate. Instead of allocating funds to urgently needed mental health hospital facilities, he has chosen to concentrate on education and training resources. In just two major announcements, he […]

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Director’s Report April 2017

April 3, 2017 No Comments by White Wreath

Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, appointed to that role in January by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, faces a challenging time – mental health has passed the point of being in crisis and urgent steps must be taken now. Mr Hunt, in his first media conference as health minister, announced that he would highlight mental health […]

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Directors Report December 2016

January 30, 2017 No Comments by White Wreath

This issue of our newsletter highlights mental health/suicide programs initiated by federal and state governments. As well intended as they are, the programs have a one thing in common. They are all disjointed and uncoordinated. No effort has been made to ascertain if similar programs have been attempted in other states and if the programs […]

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Directors Report August 2016 – Political Action Needed for Suicide Prevention

July 27, 2016 No Comments by White Wreath

Politicians, of all persuasions, are guilty of paying lip service when it comes to urgently needed changes to Australia’s shambolic mental health system. The recent Federal election campaign caused a hiatus in state governments’ introduction of any meaningful mental health strategies. Australia is in dire need of coordination of our mental health system, involving input […]

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Director’s Report April 2016 – Inquiries Not Enough for Suicide Prevention

April 8, 2016 No Comments by White Wreath

Reform of the nation’s mental health system has been proclaimed as a core policy of both our political parties. The Liberal Party has promised “significant structural reform of the mental health system”, while the Labor Party has sign-posted “making mental health a national priority” and set a target of program delivery in its first 100 […]

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Director’s Report December 2015 – Mental Health Representation in the Media

February 20, 2016 No Comments by SRD

I am deeply disturbed on advice given to governments and the media laid down in Mindframe guidelines on how they report suicide/mental illness. The Mindframe guidelines are managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and funded by the Australian Government under the National Suicide Prevention Program. (See link below). In recent years extensive coverage […]

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Director’s Report August 2015 – Time to Implement Reform for Suicide Prevention

August 10, 2015 No Comments by SRD

Despite the efforts of many committed politicians, government officials, service providers and community advocates, we do not have a system of effective or accessible mental health care. At all levels of government, within some of the professions and out in the wider community, there is a perception of general apathy, lack of accountability and lack […]

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Director’s Report April 2015 – Understanding Mental Illness

April 13, 2015 No Comments by SRD

Coordinated programs to provide treatment and support is vital for people with long-term mental illnesses and suicidal tendencies. Sadly, in many cases this is not happening. Mental illness is a debilitating disorder that can have fatal consequences. It is a myth that people take their lives because of social reasons, such as stress, job loss, […]

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Director’s Report December 2014 – Thank You to Our Supporters

December 1, 2014 No Comments by SRD

White Wreath Association would not be able to continue without the support of it members and the general public in their generous financial contributions. In spite of the tough economic conditions during the past year, your support has been unstinting. We are more than grateful for your commitment and valued financial assistance as we edge […]

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