News & Media

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25 Apr 2017

Media Release: National forum leads way in reducing restrictive practices in mental health

Despite the last straightjacket being removed from Graylands Hospital in 2007 and Western Australia reducing seclusion in mental health units by nearly 70% over the past 10 years, there is still much to be done in shifting restrictive practice out of mental health units entirely.

5 Apr 2017

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

14 Mar 2017

Labor has won the election - what does this mean for mental health reform?

WAAMH congratulates Mark McGowan’s Labor Party on its election to government in WA. We are especially pleased with Labor's commitment to reform the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act in its first year in office, to retain a Mental Health Minister and the Mental Health Commission, and to focus the efforts of the Commission on delivering on the Ten Year Mental Health Alcohol & Other Drugs Plan. However, we are not seeing in Labor’s mental health election platform the shift in investment toward prevention and community services.

9 Mar 2017

Mental health election commitments

WAAMH has compared what each major political party is offering for mental health heading into the WA election on 11 March 2017.

2 Mar 2017

Media Release - WA Mental Health Award categories announced and nominations open

NOMINATIONS for the Western Australian Mental Health Awards 2017 are open with eight categories representing the diversity of mental health practice in WA.

23 Feb 2017

Media Release: WAAMH welcomes some parts of Labor's mental health policy but crucial reforms still missing

WAAMH welcomes several elements of Labor’s mental health policy, but would like to see a more solid commitment to community services, housing, prevention, recovery-focused, person and family-centred services.

20 Feb 2017

Make Mental Health Count in this State Election - access resources to make your voice heard

Make your voice heard during the final weeks of the election campaign. We have tailored advocacy resources for mental health services and carers, consumers and family members to help you convey your needs, issues and solutions.

13 Feb 2017

WAAMH Submission on Seniors Housing Strategy

This submission is a response to the Housing Authority’s Seniors Housing Strategy Discussion Paper, dated November 2016. We highlight housing issues for older people with mental health issues that are not adequately addressed in the Discussion Paper.

13 Feb 2017

Find out what each party had to say about mental health

More than 150 people attended our Public Election Forum on Wednesday 8 February 2017 to hear mental health representatives from the major political parties outline their commitment and ideas for our mental health system.

13 Feb 2017

Make Mental Health Count Infographic

A visually engaging collection of graphics and graphs displaying why investing in prevention ad community supports saves lives and money.