State Government Policy & Funding
21 Dec 2022
Welcoming the release of the Report of the Inquiry into the Esther Foundation and unregulated private health facilities
WAAMH welcomes the release of the report of the Inquiry into the Esther Foundation and unregulated private health facilities. WAAMH wrote a joint submission to the inquiry with the WA Network and other Drug Agencies and both peak bodies gave evidence to the Education and Health Standing Committee in a public hearing.
30 Jun 2022
WAAMH & WANADA Submission: Education and Health Standing Committee: Inquiry into the Esther Foundation and unregulated health facilities
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) and the WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) provided a submission to the Standing Committee Inquiry into the Esther Foundation and Unregulated Health Facilities.
06 Oct 2021
WAAMH Submission: Infrastructure WA Draft Strategy consultation
WAAMH recently made a submission to the consultation process for the Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow State Infrastructure Strategy, with a focus on mental health prevention, community supports and climate change. Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow outlines the State's significant infrastructure needs and priorities over the next 20 years and addresses a broad range of sectors and cross-cutting themes to identify both non-build solutions such as policy reforms and priority projects and programs.
06 Oct 2021
WAAMH Submission: State Commissioning Strategy for Community Services consultation
WAAMH recently made a submission to the consultation process for the State Commissioning Strategy for Community Services Discussion Paper. The State Commissioning Strategy for community services provides an opportunity to improve the way community services are delivered in WA. It will determine how community services will be commissioned over the next 5 years and into the future, aiming to better align the WA Government, service providers, peak bodies, and consumer advocates.
17 Aug 2021
WAAMH Response to State Budget: mental health
We welcome the recent pre-State budget announcement on mental health spending in Western Australia and acknowledges there are positive measures included in the announcement, and the significant increase in overall spending into the mental health budget. However, the rate of growth in spending on prevention and community support continues to fall relative to the rate of spending in acute services.
07 Apr 2021
Consumer and Family Members needed for Regional Community Supports Needs Analysis Project
We are inviting Expressions of Interest from people interested in the WAAMH Regional Community Supports Needs Analysis Project Reference Group.
03 Mar 2021
Media Release: Victoria sets the right tone for WA to improve mental health services
WAAMH welcomes the Victorian Government’s response to its Royal Commission into Mental Health and calls on the WA State Government to follow Victoria’s lead in building a mental health system from the ground up, that will both save money and lives.
13 Feb 2021
Media Release: New polling shows support for mental health prevention not hospitals
EIGHTY-FIVE per cent of Western Australian voters want the major parties to increase investment in mental health programs that reduce pressure on ambulance calls outs and emergency department presentations, according to new polling released today.
13 Feb 2021
Mental health polling results infographic 2021
This graphic represents mental health polling data collected by Painted Dog research for WAAMH. It shows around 80% of Western Australians would support a political party that increases investment in a number of mental health support programs in the community, offers more alternative services to hospitals, and decreases pressure on EDs and ambulances. Plus more stats!
14 Dec 2020
Media Release: Review highlights urgent need for investment into child and adolescent mental health
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) calls on the Government to immediately increase funding into child and adolescent mental health services as recommended by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist WA, outlined in the Chief Psychiatrist’s Review into the Treatment of Ms Kate Savage by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services' report released today.