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 & Consultation

18 Jun 2018

How can service providers better support people who have both mental health and alcohol & other drug problems?

Despite the fact that 63 per cent of people who misuse substances have some sort of mental health challenge, it is the experience of many people that service providers are not well equipped to support them with the complexity that arises from this.

State Government Policy & Funding

15 May 2019

Mental health budget 2019 lowdown: Prevention targets missing in action

After some in-depth analysis, our team has crunched the figures and the features of the State Budget 2019 and its impact on the mental health sector.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

16 Apr 2019

Media Release: National report exposes further holes in NDIS transition

WAAMH has raised concerns based on report findings released by The University of Sydney and Australia’s coalition of community mental health peaks, Community Mental Health Australia that show a significant inadequacy of support for thousands of people living with serious mental illness in Australia, currently left outside of the NDIS.

Mental Health 10 Year Plan

10 Apr 2019

WAAMH’s Submission to the 10 Year Plan Update

WAAMH outlines what it welcomes in the Plan Update and areas of serious concern surrounding a lack of progress, focus and prioritisation in other areas.


22 Mar 2019

WA Peaks Unite

Communique for homelessness community services concerned with the impact of the Equal Remuneration Order and changes to the Indexation Policy.

Justice Systems

14 Mar 2019

Justice for mentally impaired in WA is long overdue

WAAMH supports calls from Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Disability Hon Alison Xamon MLC to the Attorney General to act on his promises to reform the heinous Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act as a matter of urgency. Read the full Media Statement.

Commonwealth Reform & Funding

17 Apr 2019

WAAMH Submission: Productivity Commission Inquiry

WAAMH's Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the 'Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health'. This submission is based on a range of resources, including academic research; existing WAAMH papers and submissions; existing WAAMH consultation findings; and, feedback and insights from wide consultation with people in the mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) and other relevant sectors, including people with lived experience, families and carers.