Research on perinatal depression, anxiety released

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

National research, released at tonight’s Post & Ante Natal Depression Support & Information (PANDSI) Twilight Seminar, will help to improve understandings of women’s experiences of traumatic births, and perinatal depression and anxiety.

Research from the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) finds that almost half (49%) of those 767 Australian women surveyed who had experienced perinatal anxiety and depression perceived that their birth was traumatic. The research also finds that 44% of women surveyed believed their birth experience contributed to the development of postnatal depression and/or anxiety.

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2,866 reasons why we should keep the conversation going about suicide prevention

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury will on Sunday participate in the Puka Up bike ride, which is taking the conversation about suicide prevention from Sydney to Melbourne via Canberra.

Each of the 1,433 kilometres will be ridden by the 27 Puka Up riders, with each rider representing two people who tragically died by suicide in Australia in 2016.

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Boost for mental health early intervention services

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will provide new funding to headspace Canberra to improve access and reduce wait times for early intervention mental health services.

The initial $200,000 funding will see headspace deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12‑25. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and concerns.

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ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services begins

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Mr Neil McAllister has been appointed the ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services.

Mr McAllister began working in corrections in 1990 in policy and research roles and as an Inspector for the Queensland Corrective Services Commission.

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Time's up on battery cages

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government says the national review of poultry standards is a chance to improve welfare for chickens and implement clear and truthful labelling for eggs.

The ACT Government, in its submission on the proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, has called for the standards to protect animal welfare and ensure clear labelling of eggs to inform consumers.

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Guidelines support victims in phase 3 RJ program

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Ways to expand interagency collaboration and offer more flexible support for vulnerable groups were key themes in submissions about new guidelines to support phase three of ACT’s restorative justice scheme.

Phase Three will see restorative justice extended to include family violence and sexual offences. The ACT Restorative Justice Unit has been consulting on steps and protections in place for victims and offenders.

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Outstanding recycling results achieved at Multicultural Festival

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Recycling at this year’s Multicultural Festival saw more than 8.5 tonnes of mixed recycling diverted from landfill, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith announced today.

“As an event focused on food and fun that regularly attracts big crowds, there’s little doubt the Multicultural Festival creates a lot of waste,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

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ACT Government welcomes Health Services Commissioner review

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government today welcomed the Health Services Commissioner’s Review of the Opioid Replacement Treatment Program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

Released today, the Review focuses on a number of aspects of the Opioid Replacement Treatment (ORT) program. The review was a recommendation of the Moss Review into the treatment in custody of Mr Steven Freeman.

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This long weekend, Canberra looks to Vision Zero

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With three lives already lost on ACT roads this year, the ACT Government is again calling on Canberrans to drive safety and achieve ‘Vision Zero’—where no death on our roads is deemed acceptable, Minister Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We as a community should not have to endure the heartbreak associated with road trauma. The government is committed to ensuring the ACT has the safest possible environment for all road users—but we need your help to make Vision Zero a reality,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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Arboretum goes solar in nation’s climate action capital

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

New solar panels and battery storage at the National Arboretum Canberra will reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 28.5 tonnes per year, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“The installation of a 30 kilowatt solar panel system, supported by battery storage, replaces the large diesel generator at the Arboretum’s horticulture works depot,” Minister Rattenbury.

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