State Government Policy & 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.

  • 10 Mar 2020

    Community mental health supports vital to ease hospital pressures

    THE peak body for the community mental health sector welcomes the State Government’s acknowledgement of the correlation between community services and its impact on acute demand, after stating on any given day nearly a third of inpatients occupying a mental health hospital bed are unable to be discharged because there are not enough supported accommodation or suitable mental health services based in the community.

  • 04 Mar 2020

    Media Release - State Government’s commitment to Mental Health Commission a positive sign for mental health reform

    THE Western Australian Association for Mental Health welcomes the State Government’s response to the Review of Clinical Governance of Public Health Services announced today, and particularly commends the ongoing commitment to the important leadership role played by the WA Mental Health Commission.

  • 19 Dec 2019

    Priorities for mental health investment 2020

    The State Government's mental health priority should be to develop a balanced and sustainable service mix in keeping with WA Plan's objectives - focusing first on those support types that are under-invested to balance the system.

  • 11 Oct 2019

    Submission to the Draft Western Australian Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021 – 2025

    Submission to the Draft Western Australian Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021 – 2025

  • 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.

  • 09 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.