State Government Policy & Funding
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.
20 Nov 2018
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.
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
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.
07 Mar 2018
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'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.
07 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.