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.
Western Australia's 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).
Memorandum of Understanding template
A Memorandum of Understanding Template has been created to assist the sector in developing and creating working partnerships between services. The Template provides options and useful indicators for good practice for agencies working together...
Latest edition of Head2Head
The latest of edition of Head2Head has been released. The theme for this edition is workforce.
This edition contains a survey to help inform the future direction of Head2Head.
If you would like to participate visit - www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014head2head
2014 Good Outcomes Awards
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...
2014/15 State Budget
This year’s State Budget highlights the Government’s commitment to continue wide-spread reforms to the way mental health and drug and alcohol services are managed and delivered to the Western Australians who need them.
To consolidate and build on achievements in these areas the 2014/15 Budget will deliver a record $791.6 million in funding, a 6.1 per cent or $45.7 million boost from the previous financial year...
$300,000 in small grants for suicide prevention projects
Mental Health Minister, Hon Helen Morton MLC has announced State Government funding of $300,000 for suicide prevention small grants.
This funding will assist local communities to support suicide prevention activities and help sustain the important work undertaken through the State Government’s $13 million Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013.
Applications are sought by 31 July 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.