Systemic Advocacy

By drawing on the expertise and experience of our members, including community mental health service providers, consumers and carers, WAAMH advocates locally and nationally for effective public policy on mental health issues.
We always like to hear new perspectives and feedback regarding our consultations, submissions and advocacy priorities.
We welcome you to contact us with your views.

Engagement and Consultation

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.

Prevention and Community Support

16 Dec 2020

Media Release: The McGowan Government’s Young People’s Priorities for Action leaves chronic gaps unfunded

The Labor McGowan Government has missed an opportunity to immediately address the chronic gaps that would help young people in mental health distress after they released the long-awaited Young People’s Priorities for Action without any funding or election commitment today.


03 Mar 2020

Gerry Naughtin Presentation Slides: Improving the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability in and out of the Scheme.

Presentation slides provided by Gerry Naughtin, Strategic Adviser Mental Health to the NDIA, from the event hosted by WAAMH on the 26 February 2020.


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.

Justice Systems

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.

Commonwealth reform and funding

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.