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  • 10 Mar 2020

    Community mental health supports vital to ease hospital pressures

    THE peak body for the community mental health sector welcomes the State Government’s acknowledgement of the correlation between community services and its impact on acute demand, after stating on any given day nearly a third of inpatients occupying a mental health hospital bed are unable to be discharged because there are not enough supported accommodation or suitable mental health services based in the community.

  • 04 Mar 2020

    Media Release - State Government’s commitment to Mental Health Commission a positive sign for mental health reform

    THE Western Australian Association for Mental Health welcomes the State Government’s response to the Review of Clinical Governance of Public Health Services announced today, and particularly commends the ongoing commitment to the important leadership role played by the WA Mental Health Commission.

  • 19 Dec 2019

    Priorities for mental health investment 2020

    The State Government's mental health priority should be to develop a balanced and sustainable service mix in keeping with WA Plan's objectives - focusing first on those support types that are under-invested to balance the system.

  • 07 Dec 2019

    Still waiting for CLMIA draft Bill

    WAAMH CEO Taryn Harvey spoke to the ABC about the implications of delays to reform the CLMIA Act being introduced to Parliament and how the deadlines for being able to review the draft have been continually pushed back since August 2019.

  • 06 Dec 2019

    Your Help WA campaign

    We are supporting our fellow community service peaks to launch the #YourHelpWA campaign - in an effort to convince the State Government to increase funding by 20% for community services providers, which support 500,000 vulnerable people a year and yet are facing increased operational costs and demand, with no funding boost to match. See how you can help support this important cause.

  • 10 Oct 2019

    Media Release - Finalists announced for WA Mental Health Awards on World Mental Health Day

    FINALISTS have been selected after a wave of 150 nominations across eight diverse categories were received as part of the Western Australian Mental Health Awards 2019.

  • 04 Oct 2019

    Media Release: Mental Health Week starts today

    Mental Health Week has been running in Western Australia for more than 50 years, but the importance of this campaign for mental health awareness remains as relevant as ever. The theme for Mental Health 2019 is: ‘Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play’, highlighting the importance of places we go everyday where we can protect and foster our mental wellbeing as a preventative measure.

  • 26 Sep 2019

    Media Release - Conference program launched

    THE FULL PROGRAM can finally be revealed for the 3rd Western Australian Mental Health Conference, with keynote speakers including Australian tennis champion and author Jelana Doric; Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Helen Milroy; Dr Sebastian Rosenberg; Matt Ball from The Humane Clinic; Di Wilcox, author of popular kids wellbeing book, The Magic Coat; an Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing panel facilitated by Aboriginal Health Council of WA chair Vicki O’Donnell; and a unique comedy coping workshop with comedian Steph Tisdell.

  • 19 Sep 2019

    Media Release - Highest number of Mental Health Week WA community event grants delivered in history to meet ever-growing demand

    THANKS to support from Lotterywest, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) was able to distribute successful grants worth a combined total of $70,000 to 70 not-for-profit, charitable organisations across Western Australia, including 21 regional groups, to hold their own events and activities as part of this year’s Mental Health Week community grants program.

  • 12 Jul 2019

    Long term solutions needed to to end homlessness, not just short term responses to manage it

    WAAMH is sharing this media release on behalf of the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness, which points to three main evidence-based international strategies to end homelessness in response to comments from Assistant Minister for Homelessness Luke Howarth and to the Morrison Government.