Mental Health Week
2 to 11 October
In 2015 Mental Health Week is from October 2 to 11. The week plays a key role in raising the importance of mental health across age, socio-economic, geographical and other divides with activities targeted to reach children, youth, and families, as well as government, community and business leaders.
A Mental Health Week liftout was distributed in The West Australian on 30 September which contains a list of Mental Health Week events.
10 year mental health, alcohol and other drug services plan
The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 has now been launched for consultation.
A first of its kind for Western Australia, the Plan sets a bold and ambitious agenda to achieve system-wide changes over the next ten years to help the sectors better meet the needs of Western Australians with mental health, alcohol and other drug problems and support their families and carers.
Using evidence-based modelling and in line with international best practice, it provides a blueprint for the optimal quantity, location and types of services required and sets goals to achieve changes by 2017, 2020 and 2025.
We invite you to read the the Plan, factsheets and view a video of the launch. For more information including feedback from consultation forums......
elearning package for
Mental Health Act 2014
The Mental Health Act 2014 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament on 16 October 2014 and will replace the current Mental Health Act 1996 from 30 November 2015. The Act creates new rights for families and carers to be more involved in decision making and treatment planning. There are also additional safeguards and advocacy services to protect the rights of people experiencing mental illness.
Recognising that clinicians will need support to transition to the new legislation, the Commission has been working with the Department of Health and the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to develop a comprehensive education strategy, including interactive online learning packages...