State Government Policy & Funding

  • 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.

  • 17 Feb 2021

    Media Release: Election 2021 scorecard revealed

    WAAMH has graded the four key political parties' priorities against our core mental health election asks.

  • 16 Feb 2021

    Election 2021 scorecard

    Using publicly announced policies and information provided by the parties, each policy was assessed against the targets set out in the State Government’s own ten-year mental health plan Better Choices, Better Lives 2015–2025 and will be used to inform WA voters ahead of the State Election, 2021.

  • 16 Feb 2021

    Assessment of each mental health party policy

    The mental health policies of the four key political parties have been evaluated by us and included in a Mental Health State Election scorecard with gold stars given to policies that progressed the targets set in the ten year mental health plan.

  • 15 Feb 2021

    Media Release: Nationals mental health policy good start for regional WA

    We congratulate the Nationals WA on its mental health election commitments as a great first step for regional community mental health. However, while the initiatives demonstrate a strong commitment to increasing community mental health support and prevention services in WA, the overall funding commitments fall short of the targets specified in the plan, in particular for prevention.

  • 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!

  • 12 Feb 2021

    Media Release: WAAMH rejects WA Labor Mental Health Policy

    The Western Australian Association for Mental Health rejects today’s WA Labor election commitment on mental health, on the grounds of it being treatment-focused and lacking in community support and preventative mental health programs that keep people well and out of hospital, and instead it continues to drive people to the acute and crisis end of care.

  • 22 Jan 2021

    Media Release: WAAMH's Response to WA Liberals Mental Health Policy

    The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) today welcomed the WA Liberal Party’s 2021 State Election commitments for mental health, which demonstrates a significant and positive shift towards a person-centred approach of prevention and community support.