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  • 26 Jun 2020

    'A Safe Place' Mental Health Accommodation and Support Strategy

    The long-awaited accommodation support strategy has been released and WAAMH welcomes its delivery after several years of development. The focus on improving access to safe and stable accommodation is especially welcomed as safe, affordable housing and mental wellbeing are intrinsically connected.

  • 17 Jun 2020

    WAAMH Member Update: June 2020

    An update on recent government announcements, investments and WAAMH advocacy and project work.

  • 12 May 2020

    Media Release: Prevent Support Heal launch

    The crucial role of WA’s mental health community supports are in the spotlight as part of new State Election campaign, Prevent Support Heal, launched by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) to secure a boost in funding for WA community mental health services to address the persistent over-reliance and expenditure on hospital-based services. Community mental health services have proven their weight in gold during the COVID-19 pandemic supporting people with mental health challenges in their own homes, and often remotely, to ensure hospitals are available to respond to the virus. Despite increased demand and shifting to an isolated work environment, the response by the community mental health sector has vindicated the long-held call for proper and immediate increased investment in community-based services now and beyond the pandemic.

  • 03 May 2020

    UWA Findings from Survey on High Impact Pschyosis: mental and physical outcomes

    The University of Western Australia collected national data on more than 2000 people with psychotic illness across fives states, including WA to better understand mental and physical health outcomes over time, and factors impacting on these outcomes, including service utilisation. This is the brochure of their findings for WA.

  • 17 Apr 2020

    COVID-19 Sector Representation

    WAAMH's response to the COVID-19 situation, including the community mental health sector consultation conducted for pandemic scenario planning, and resulting report.

  • 26 Mar 2020

    COVID-19 WAAMH Operational Update

    We're still here for you and running business as usual, except for making a few modifications to our delivery and work stations set-up.

  • 26 Mar 2020

    Mental Health Week 2020 theme launched

    In 2020, things might look a little different but strengthening our community is always a priority and can be done in many ways.

  • 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.