State Government Policy & Funding
12 May 2020
The crucial role of WA’s mental health community supports are in the spotlight as part of new State Election campaign, Prevent Support Heal, launched by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) to secure a boost in funding for WA community mental health services to address the persistent over-reliance and expenditure on hospital-based services. Community mental health services have proven their weight in gold during the COVID-19 pandemic supporting people with mental health challenges in their own homes, and often remotely, to ensure hospitals are available to respond to the virus. Despite increased demand and shifting to an isolated work environment, the response by the community mental health sector has vindicated the long-held call for proper and immediate increased investment in community-based services now and beyond the pandemic.
25 Mar 2020
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
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
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
15 May 2019
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
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
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 outlines what it welcomes in the Plan Update and areas of serious concern surrounding a lack of progress, focus and prioritisation in other areas.