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  • 27 Nov 2021

    Media Release: Winners revealed at WA Mental Health Awards

    A spotlight was shone on the mental health sector when winners of the Western Australian Mental Health Awards were announced on 25 November at the awards ceremony in front of nearly 300 guests including Minister for Mental Health The Hon. Stephen Dawson at Beaumonde on The Point, East Perth.

  • 19 Nov 2021

    MEDIA RELEASE: WA Mental Health Awards 2021

    Outstanding contributions made to the Western Australian mental health sector will be celebrated at the WA Mental Health Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 25 November.

  • 25 Oct 2021

    MEDIA RELEASE: Cycling fun on track for all ages in Bunbury this Mental Health Week

    MINISTER for Disability Services and Member for Bunbury The Hon. Donald Punch MLA will officially open Mental Health Week in Western Australia today (Saturday, 9 October) at the Big Swamp Parkland in Bunbury, where the local community and visitors to the area will have an opportunity to ride, walk or jog the 2km track of closed off road around the swamp.

  • 17 Aug 2021

    WAAMH Response to State Budget: mental health

    We welcome the recent pre-State budget announcement on mental health spending in Western Australia and acknowledges there are positive measures included in the announcement, and the significant increase in overall spending into the mental health budget. However, the rate of growth in spending on prevention and community support continues to fall relative to the rate of spending in acute services.

  • 12 May 2021

    Federal Budget 2021 - what does it mean for mental health?

    We welcome the Federal Government’s focus on mental health in the Federal budget but remain concerned that community supports - also known as psychosocial supports - received little investment or focus, despite being the most under-resourced part of the mental health system.

  • 03 Mar 2021

    Media Release: Victoria sets the right tone for WA to improve mental health services

    WAAMH welcomes the Victorian Government’s response to its Royal Commission into Mental Health and calls on the WA State Government to follow Victoria’s lead in building a mental health system from the ground up, that will both save money and lives.

  • 13 Feb 2021

    Media Release: New polling shows support for mental health prevention not hospitals

    EIGHTY-FIVE per cent of Western Australian voters want the major parties to increase investment in mental health programs that reduce pressure on ambulance calls outs and emergency department presentations, according to new polling released today.

  • 14 Dec 2020

    Media Release: Review highlights urgent need for investment into child and adolescent mental health

    The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) calls on the Government to immediately increase funding into child and adolescent mental health services as recommended by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist WA, outlined in the Chief Psychiatrist’s Review into the Treatment of Ms Kate Savage by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services' report released today.

  • 26 Nov 2020

    Media Release: 2020 WA Mental Health Awards winners announced

    The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) congratulates the winners of the 2020 WA Mental Health Awards. The Awards, which are presented by WAAMH and the WA Mental Health Commission, recognise the individuals and organisations that made outstanding contributions to mental health in the calendar year of 2019 through excellence, innovation, and initiative.

  • 18 Nov 2020

    Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry Report welcomed, with prevention and community support featuring strongly

    The WA Association for Mental Health welcomes the release of the long-awaited Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry Report. The report contains 22 recommended reforms encompassing approximately 100 actions, across a wide range of mental health services and supports. WAAMH is pleased to note a strong focus on prevention and community supports, integration of mental health services, and the social determinants of health in its initial reading of Volume 1 of the report.