10 year mental health, alcohol and other drug services plan
Work is underway on a 10 year Plan for mental health, alcohol and other drug services across Western Australia.
The Plan will act as a ‘blueprint’ for the optimal mix of services needed to provide a better, more responsive and more equitable system for all Western Australians over the next decade.
It outlines the changes required in the short, medium and long term, to ensure optimal service delivery, meeting the demand for mental health and drug and alcohol services over the next ten years.
The Plan has been developed by the Mental Health Commission (MHC), the Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) and the Department of Health (DOH), with involvement of consumers, carers and families. The forensic component of the Plan was developed in close consultation with the Department of Corrective Services (DCS).
The Plan will be published shortly, followed by an extensive consultation period. For more information...
Mental Health Bill 2013
The Mental Health Bill 2013 was passed by the WA Parliament on 16 October 2014. The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Helen Morton MLC has released a statement regarding the Bills passing.
To ensure a smooth transition from the Mental Health Act 1996, there will be an implementation period of approximately 12 months before the Bill becomes operational. This will allow time for such matters as:
- transition processes for the Mental Health Tribunal, the Mental Health Advocacy Service and the Chief Psychiatrist under the Bill,
- training and education for clinicians and others with new functions, and
- preparation of materials and resources for people with a mental illness, families and carers to ensure they are aware and able to exercise new rights
This implementation work is on foot and actively involves a large range of stakeholders.
The Bill is a result of extensive consultation and submissions by stakeholders, including the 2011 Draft Bill and the 2012 Green Bill, which received over 1300 submissions, in addition to extensive Parliamentary debate.
You can find the Bill and a range of supporting materials here as well as details on planning for the implementation of the Bill and ways to get involved such as the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG).
Annual Report 2013-2014
The Mental Health Commission's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament and is available here in various formats including an ebook.
2014 Good Outcomes Awards winners announced
The winners of the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards have been announced reflecting the growth and breadth of the Mental Health sector in WA.
The Awards, presented by the Mental Health Commission, celebrate individuals, groups, programs, services and partnerships across the government, private and community sectors that have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in Western Australia...
$600,000 in small grants for suicide prevention projects
Mental Health Minister Hon Helen Morton MLC announced $600,000 for local suicide prevention projects and training on 5 November 2014. For the first time, the grants have been made available to Aboriginal controlled health organisations; with ‘Opening Closets’ training also included to help high risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex groups.
The funding will help local communities strengthen the important work undertaken through the State Government’s $13 million Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013 (Strategy)Mental Health Minister, Hon Helen Morton MLC has announced State Government funding of $300,000 for suicide prevention small grants.
Applications are sought by 26 November 2014 from existing Community Action Plan Host Agencies and Local Government. Local Drug Action Groups are also encouraged to apply as it is acknowledged that there is a strong correlation between suicide and alcohol and other drugs.
Everyone working together to encourage and support people who experience mental health problems and/or mental illness to stay in the community, out of hospital and living a meaningful life.