WAAMH Submission: Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia Senate Inquiry

In April 2018, WAAMH engaged in consultation with both members of the organisation and the wider community to inform this submission. This consultation was conducted to ensure that WAAMH presents a genuine and focused regional perspective on the Inquiry Terms of Reference.

The response to the consultation was significant, with 195 submissions to an online survey, approximately 20 face-to-face and telephone consultations, and two written submissions.

On-line survey respondents came from all regions of WA, with the following percentages for each region: Gascoyne 2%, Goldfields-Esperance 8%, Great Southern 16%, Kimberley 10%, Mid-West 6%, Peel 3%, Pilbara 5%, South West 22% and Wheatbelt 26%.

Respondents identified as either a person who uses mental health services (30.4%), a carer or family member of someone who uses mental health services (30.4%) or a provider of mental health services (35%).

The submission also draws on information collected by WAAMH through other activities. In 2017, WAAMH gathered information about issues in rural and remote areas for a Workforce Development Project. In July 2017 a consultation forum on rural and remote mental health was held with participants from rural and remote areas attending the WA Mental Health Conference. These two projects have also helped to inform this submission.

This consultation was conducted to ensure that WAAMH presented a genuine and focused regional perspective on the Inquiry Terms of Reference. WAAMH would like to thank all participants in the consultation process and other projects who contributed to this submission.

View the WAAMH submission to the inquiry here.

WAAMH attended and presented evidence to the hearing of the Senate Inquiry held at the Albany Library on June 5, 2018. A link to the transcript of WAAMH’s evidence and answer to questions is here:

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommsen%2F8e9482a5-8ae4-4462-b508-0ed7826b4fe4%2F0000%22

WAAMH also provided a detailed answer to a question on notice about what can be learned from problems being experienced with the NDIS. Answers to the Question taken on Notice during the 5 June public hearing is here

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/MentalHealthServices/Additional_Documents