Lowan set to ben­e­fit

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy has de­scribed her shadow cab­i­net re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for Men­tal Health, Pre­ven­tion of Fam­ily Vi­o­lence and Women as con­sid­er­able value to the peo­ple of her elec­torate.

She said she was proud to con­tinue to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive voice for Lowan as part of a Lib­eral-na­tion­als Coali­tion led by Michael O’brien and deputy Peter Walsh.

“It is a huge hon­our to be asked to join the shadow cab­i­net team, and of great value to lo­cal peo­ple to en­sure our voice is heard when it comes to pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and hold­ing the gov­ern­ment to ac­count,” she said.

“Our re­gion has crit­i­cal is­sues when it comes to lo­cal ac­cess to men­tal-health sup­port and ser­vices, which is plac­ing ad­di­tional bur­den on peo­ple try­ing to man­age their men­tal health, fam­i­lies, friends and work col­leagues.

“We’ve lost too many lo­cal peo­ple to sui­cide.

“It’s time we see real ac­tion so peo­ple can get the men­tal-health sup­port they need, when they need it, and avoid ter­ri­ble loss of life and the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact sui­cide has on our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ms Kealy said the rate of fam­ily vi­o­lence in the re­gion was un­ac­cept­ably high.

“We have many op­por­tu­ni­ties

“We’ve lost too many lo­cal peo­ple to sui­cide. It’s time we see real ac­tion so peo­ple can get the men­tal-health sup­port they need, when they need it” – Emma Kealy

to work with the com­mu­nity to break the cy­cle of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, but we must see an en­hance­ment of lo­cally based sup­port ser­vices to achieve this,” she said.

Be­fore en­ter­ing par­lia­ment, Ms Kealy spent 13 years work­ing in the health sec­tor, in­clud­ing as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Eden­hope and Dis­trict Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal from 2010 to 2014.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence in the health sec­tor will be of great as­sis­tance to me in these port­fo­lios and I look for­ward to work­ing with the Lib­eral-na­tion­als lead­er­ship team to de­velop key poli­cies as we work to­wards the 2022 state elec­tion,” Ms Kealy said.

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