State Government Policy & Funding

  • 16 Dec 2020

    Media Release: The McGowan Government’s Young People’s Priorities for Action leaves chronic gaps unfunded

    The Labor McGowan Government has missed an opportunity to immediately address the chronic gaps that would help young people in mental health distress after they released the long-awaited Young People’s Priorities for Action without any funding or election commitment today.

  • 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.

  • 06 Nov 2020

    Increasing & Improving Community Mental Health Supports in WA

    The WA Association for Mental Health and the Centre for Social Impact UWA is proud to release the ‘Increasing and Improving Community Mental Health Supports in WA’ project report This project engaged with more than 150 consumers, carers, family members and service providers about their experiences, and to codesign community support models that would meet people’s needs and support recovery.

  • 05 Nov 2020

    Media Release: New report provides lived experience-informed models of community mental health supports

    In a Western Australian first, the report, ‘Increasing and Improving Community Mental Health Supports in WA’, engaged more than 150 consumers, family members, service providers and supporters and carers, to understand their experiences of community mental health supports to inform public policy and State Government spending ahead of the WA State election.

  • 27 Oct 2020

    Media Release: WA Suicide Prevention Framework presents a welcome vision but lacks specific details

    The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has noted the long awaited Western Australian Suicide Prevention Framework 2021–2025, which includes approaches to suicide prevention, early intervention, support for aftercare, postvention, and Aboriginal people.

  • 21 Oct 2020

    Budgets 2020/21: Mental health in the spotlight, but imbalance remains

    WAAMH's commentary on the Budget announcements for 2020/21 and detailed budget breakdowns around mental health.

  • 12 May 2020

    Media Release: Prevent Support Heal launch

    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

    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.