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

20 Nov 2018

Balance the Basics: WAAMH Pre-Budget Submission 2019-2020

An effort to restore balance to the mental health system, and prioritise investment in prevention and community support, has shaped WAAMH's core asks for government commitment in its Pre Budget Submission 2019 - 2020.


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

7 Feb 2018

Media Release - Report details shocking treatment of WA prisoners with mental illness

THE WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is calling for an urgent response to a Human Rights Watch report released today detailing shocking treatment of WA prisoners with mental health issues.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

21 Jan 2019

Service gaps for people transitioning into NDIS

A national project reporting on transition rates for Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors, and Day-to-Day Living clients into the NDIS has released its first interim update, including data on WA's support gaps for people transitioning from mental health programs and whether they are able to receive NDIS support. Report courtesy of Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

Commonwealth Reform & Funding

5 Jun 2018

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

WAAMH recently made a submission to the Federal government's senate inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia.

Mental Health 10 Year Plan

16 May 2016

Media Release - Ten Year Plan Derailed By NGO Cuts in Budget

WAAMH believes the Ten Year Mental Health Services Plan has been derailed by savage cuts to the most under-resourced segment of the WA’s mental health system following the release of the State Budget 2016.