State Government Policy & Funding

  • 06 Oct 2021

    WAAMH Submission: Infrastructure WA Draft Strategy consultation

    WAAMH recently made a submission to the consultation process for the Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow State Infrastructure Strategy, with a focus on mental health prevention, community supports and climate change. Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow outlines the State's significant infrastructure needs and priorities over the next 20 years and addresses a broad range of sectors and cross-cutting themes to identify both non-build solutions such as policy reforms and priority projects and programs.

  • 06 Oct 2021

    WAAMH Submission: State Commissioning Strategy for Community Services consultation

    WAAMH recently made a submission to the consultation process for the State Commissioning Strategy for Community Services Discussion Paper. The State Commissioning Strategy for community services provides an opportunity to improve the way community services are delivered in WA. It will determine how community services will be commissioned over the next 5 years and into the future, aiming to better align the WA Government, service providers, peak bodies, and consumer advocates.

  • 17 Aug 2021

    WAAMH Response to State Budget: mental health

    We welcome the recent pre-State budget announcement on mental health spending in Western Australia and acknowledges there are positive measures included in the announcement, and the significant increase in overall spending into the mental health budget. However, the rate of growth in spending on prevention and community support continues to fall relative to the rate of spending in acute services.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.