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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 Planfactsheets, view a video of the launch and to provide your feedback. For more information including feedback from consultation forums......

A Forum for Consumers, Carers and Families will be held on 20 March 2015 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the Armadale Town Hall, crn Jull Street and Church Avenue, Armadale. Please join us to learn more about the Plan and provide feedback. 

RSVP by 16 March to

National Perinatal Depression Initiative - Small Grants recipients

In November 2014, government and non government organisations were invited to apply for up to $40,000 to support one-off strategic initiatives to improve the mental health outcomes of women experiencing or at risk of perinatal depression and their infants.

The funding was part of the 2014/15 National Perinatal Depression Initiative Project Agreement. This is a one year Agreement between the Commonwealth Department of Health and Government of Western Australia aimed at improving the prevention and early detection of antenatal and postnatal depression and to provide better support and treatment for expectant and new mothers experiencing depression.

A range of high quality grants applications were received making the assessment process very competitive. Nine grants were awarded ....

Mental Health Act 2014  

The Mental Health Bill 2013 was passed by the WA Parliament on 16 October 2014. It received Royal Assent on 3 November 2014 and is now known as the Mental Health Act 2014 (MHA 2014). The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Helen Morton MLC has released a statement on the passing of the MHA 2014.

Leading up to commencement, education and training for clinicians is being prepared, as well as materials for people with lived experience of mental illness and their families and carers. Transitional arrangements are also being progressed for bodies including the Mental Health Advocacy Service, the Mental Health Tribunal, and the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

Information sheets have been produced to provide some initial information on the mental health legislation to mental health services, patients, families and carers.

Implementation is being led by the Mental Health Commission, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and the Office of Mental Health. Implementation is being governed by a Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group.

The Reference Group is broadly represented, including people with lived experience of mental illness; families and carers; clinicians; representatives from Government departments and NGOs; and other 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. 

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.

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.

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