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.

9 May 2019

Joint Media Statement: State Budget does not properly address Aboriginal suicide prevention

Urgent action is required to address the unacceptable number of deaths caused by suicide in Aboriginal communities. Cutting prevention investment in the State Budget exposes a significant missed opportunity to improve people’s outcomes and help prevent these tragedies in our communities. The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (Moorditj Koort) and the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) with its member services, are relieved the State Government has extended the Suicide Prevention Strategy – which was due to end on 30 June 2019 – for a further 18 months. However, are alarmed at the cuts to overall prevention spend.

11 Apr 2019

Media Release: Funding injection into sustainable health promising but missing the right balance

WAAMH welcomes today’s announcement from the State Government to direct $23.1 million towards mental health recommendations from the Sustainable Health Review, and further funding for decommissioning Graylands Hospital and establishing Recovery Colleges, however we continue to see the majority of investment still being directed at hospital beds, reinforcing old structures.

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.

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.

6 Aug 2018

Mental health budget 2018: More community-based support just a far-off hope?

This State Budget 2018-19 Member Briefing has been updated as of 6 August, based on information received from the Mental Health Commission and through parliament’s budget processes.

24 Jul 2018

Many Voices, Big Impact- Lived Experience Submission to the Sustainable Health Review Interim Report

In June 2018 WA’s peak bodies representing mental health and consumers invited people with lived experience, carers or family members to participate in two community conversations about the Sustainable Health Review Interim Report, with a focus on mental health and the future of the mental health system in WA. The final report from these events is now available and captures key themes and recommendations that emerged from the lived experience feedback received at the events. This report has been sent to the Sustainable Health Review Panel and Secretariat, to be considered in the final SHR report.

11 Jun 2018

WAAMH Submission: Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy

In May 2018, WAAMH made a submission to the Government’s review of its not-for-profit partnership and funding policy – Delivering Community Services in Partnership. This policy is fundamental to further community services sustainability, but it needs a significant refresh to deliver better outcomes.

7 Mar 2018

The Sustainable Health Review - a Better Balance for Mental Health?

The Minister for Health and Mental Health Hon Roger Cook MLA has released the interim report of the Sustainable Health Review. WAAMH has reviewed the report and has compiled an analysis of how it delivers in relation to WAAMH’s recommendations in its submission to the Sustainable Health Review. WAAMH urges members to review the Interim Report (for which an Executive Summary is available) and provide feedback to WAAMH or via the survey or public Q&A sessions.

20 Feb 2018

WAAMH Submission: First Interim State Public Health Plan for Western Australia

WAAMH's submission to the First Interim State Public Health Plan for Western Australia consultation process was submitted in December 2017, and calls for mental health to be included in this important document for WA.

7 Feb 2018

Submission: draft Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Plan 2018–2025

WAAMH's submission to the Draft Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Plan 2018–2025 consultation calls for a stronger focus on the social determinants of mental health, a more integrated approach, a stronger emphasis on the importance of co-design and co-production, and clear and accountable governance.

23 Jan 2018

Submission: WA Health Dept Youth Health Policy 2018 - 2023

WAAMH's submission to the WA Department of Health Youth Health Policy 2018-2023 calls for a stronger focus on the social determinants of youth mental health, tackling integration and silo issues, and moving beyond participation to co-production.

11 Dec 2017

WAAMH Pre-Budget Submission

In our Pre-Budget Submission, WAAMH calls for a stronger focus on prevention, robust action to integrate system siloes and immediate additional funding to meet the $38 million gap in community support funding.

23 Oct 2017

WAAMH Submission: WA Government Sustainable Health Review

The WA Government's Sustainable Health Review is an important opportunity to readdress the balance of mental health services in our State towards prevention and away from expensive in-patient treatment once people reach crisis point. View WAAMH's submission here.

8 Sep 2017

Media Release - No sustainable path for mental health in the State Budget

WESTERN Australia’s peak body for mental health, the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), is concerned there is no sign of progress in yesterday’s State Budget towards the sustainable mental health system set out in a 10-year mental health plan in 2015.

16 May 2017

WA Labor Mental Health and Recovery Services

WA Labor has published a Mental Health and Mental Health Recovery Services document, outlining its commitment and investment to mental health.

9 May 2017

Mental health election promise kept - retaining Mental Health Commission

WAAMH welcomes WA Premier Mark McGowan decision to keep his word and retain WA's Mental Health Commission following his election win in March.

5 Apr 2017

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

14 Mar 2017

Labor has won the election - what does this mean for mental health reform?

WAAMH congratulates Mark McGowan’s Labor Party on its election to government in WA. We are especially pleased with Labor's commitment to reform the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act in its first year in office, to retain a Mental Health Minister and the Mental Health Commission, and to focus the efforts of the Commission on delivering on the Ten Year Mental Health Alcohol & Other Drugs Plan. However, we are not seeing in Labor’s mental health election platform the shift in investment toward prevention and community services.

9 Mar 2017

Mental health election commitments

WAAMH has compared what each major political party is offering for mental health heading into the WA election on 11 March 2017.

20 Feb 2017

Make Mental Health Count - Hospital beds don't add up

An infographic explaining the cost savings of diverting more funds away from the acute end of the mental health system and into early intervention, person-centered services and community supports.

20 Feb 2017

Mental Health Key Messages

These are some examples of the types of key messages you may wish to use in your state election advocacy to Make Mental Health Count in your social media feeds, in your letters and in talking points for your phone call or meeting with a MP.

13 Feb 2017

Find out what each party had to say about mental health

More than 150 people attended our Public Election Forum on Wednesday 8 February 2017 to hear mental health representatives from the major political parties outline their commitment and ideas for our mental health system.

13 Feb 2017

Make Mental Health Count Infographic

A visually engaging collection of graphics and graphs displaying why investing in prevention ad community supports saves lives and money.

17 Jan 2017

Our Core Election Asks - Detailed Summary

This document contains a more detailed summary regarding our top five key election priorities, heading into the State Election in March 2017.

17 Jan 2017

Our Core Election Asks - Summary

This document contains a summarised version of our top five key priorities for mental health reform and improvement that we're asking of all political parties, coming into the 2017 State Election.