Learn more about the Minister's Innovation for Change Award Finalists

The Innovation for Change Award is for outstanding innovation driving change for better mental health.

These are in no particular order

headspace Pilbara Hub
headspace Pilbara is a national first innovative headspace service. By co-designing the model with community, services are provided bespoke to young people in numerous towns, integrating a multi-facet approach across the domains of mental health, primary health, alcohol and other drug support and education and vocational guidance. The headspace Pilbara team deliver support to Young People when, and where, it is needed by co-locating in venues and spaces that are frequented by young people such as high schools, skate parks and even in the car. For teams to be responsive, flexible and agile, systems need to be sophisticated enough to ensure maximum time is spent with young people. The headspace Pilbara team have built a downloadable application that works on all devices and performs two functions by staff inputing information and data, and receiving the service directory in real time. The input of data refers to activities not otherwise captured outside of the clinical journey so community events, groups, activities and the like, alongside organisational processes such as mileage, travel requirements and more.

Mercy Community Services
MercyCare is one of WA’s oldest notfor-profit organisations, working to fulfil its Mission to bring compassion and justice to life and break cycles of significant disadvantage. They have over 30 services that support children and young people with complex needs, Aboriginal people, asylum seekers, refugees, people with disabilities and families. Our services extend across the Perth Metro area, with additional services in Derby and Broome. Mercy has a strong presence in Perth’s North, with service and community hubs in Mirrabooka, Merriwa, Yanchep and Ellenbrook. Using a person centred approach, they strive to assist individuals and families to overcome challenges, maximise their independence and ultimately to thrive. Their Youth and Homelessness work is underpinned by a Youth Practice Framework, developed in partnership with Australian Childhood Foundation. This trauma-informed model seeks to address toxic stress and deliver cultural strength. It is a youth-centred approach and recognises the importance of family and carers. Their frontline services are supported by an in-house Service Development and Innovation team, which provides support with strategy, service design and outcomes measurement. This team has led the service co-design aspects of the Ambery Youth Wellness project.  

Mental Health Homeless Pathway Unit
The Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG) Mental Health Homeless Patient Pathway (MHHPP) project was established in May 2019 and aims to improve health outcomes and reduce hospital presentations for mental health consumers experiencing homelessness, through strengthened pathways to accommodation and collaboration with community organisations to enable ongoing support. The project has four clearly defined deliverables for success:
• identification and data collection of homeless patients who have attended Royal Perth and Bentley hospitals
• build and strengthen homeless consumers pathways to accommodation • build collaborative partnerships with community organisations
• enhance staff training and education for working with homeless consumers

Ruah Community Services - Choices
Choices is the first service of its kind in Western Australia, developed in response to substantial national and international evidence of the over-representation of individuals with multiple health and social needs presenting to emergency departments. It is an innovative and personalised peer support and case management program that connects with vulnerable people as they are discharged from emergency department or justice settings, and provides them with care coordination and support to help them access and remain connected to primary and secondary care in the community. A unique aspect of the program is the use of peer support workers who draw on their lived experience in similar situations to offer supportive intervention. Choices was co-designed with input from Ruah Community Services (Ruah) and the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), as well as emergency departments, public mental health services and WA Police. It is delivered by Ruah and funded by the WAPHA under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Network.