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

03 Oct 2019

Members invited to join our committees and advisory groups

We are seeking people for a range of roles.

State Govt Policy and Funding

25 Mar 2020

Agenda Mental Health AOD Taskforce

These were the most pressing issues and agenda items discussed at the first meeting of the COVID response taskforce for mental health and AOD community services.


19 Dec 2019

Investigating the impact of NDIS market settings on participants with a psychosocial disability and providers

Fact Sheet for organisations delivering NDIS funded support to participants with a psychosocial disability


19 Nov 2018

Home is Where the Health is: WAAMH Submission to Draft Accommodation and Support Strategy 2018-2025

WAAMH's submission makes 26 recommendations to the Mental Health Commission's draft Accommodation and Support Strategy.

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

07 Feb 2020

WAAMH Submission: Response to Productivity Commission Draft Report

In November 2019, WAAMH spoke at the Perth hearing for the Productivity Commission, unpacking their Draft Report into Mental Health. Our presentation resulted in requests for two additional meetings with the Productivity Commissioners who sought to understand our perspective on governance and commissioning reform, and the need for the PC to truly embrace a consumer and family perspective into their work, as well as IPS. Our latest submission unpacks the strengths and weaknesses of the Draft Report, arguing for major reform. Balancing the system to adequate investment in prevention, social determinants and psychosocial and community support is urgently needed to improve mental health outcomes. Sound, robust and strategic governance, commissioning and lived experience leadership, and policy implementation will be required to address the increasing social and economic burden of mental health and suicide on the nation. The submission aims to inform the final report and recommendations due for release in May 2020.