Working Together: An Engagement Framework for the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Sector

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is currently finalising the Draft Working Together: An Engagement Framework for the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Sector (Engagement Framework) and Toolkit.

The Engagement Framework and Toolkit will meet actions 70 and 71 of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025:

  • develop a statewide mental health, alcohol and other drug consumer, family and carer involvement framework that will outline best practice principles and practices in relation to consumer and carer involvement, co-production and co-design; and
  • incorporate a range of mechanisms in commissioning and service provision practices to enable the involvement of consumers, families and carers in co-production and co-design of policy, planning, service delivery, evaluation and research, with a particular focus on enabling the involvement of marginalised groups (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).

In developing the Engagement Framework, three workshops have been held (with 70 attendances representing 28 organisations and a broad range of lived experience perspectives). In addition, a Steering Committee comprising consumers, family members, carers, peak bodies, the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and MHC staff, has been closely involved in the development of the Engagement Framework.

The Engagement Framework has been co-designed and will outline strategies and practices to put five core engagement principles into action. The Engagement Framework will also include examples of successful engagement projects and programs, and will identify potential barriers to engagement. It will aim to provide a foundation for all stakeholders to work together for better mental health, alcohol and other drug outcomes. 

Feedback on the Draft Engagement Framework from the broader community was sought in early 2018, The Engagement Framework and accompanying Toolkit will be released in 2018.

The MHC provides information about upcoming engagement opportunities through its engagement e-newsletter.  To receive the e-newsletter, complete the online form on the MHC website’s Consumer, Family and Carer Engagement page at https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/about-us/consumer-family-and-carer-participation/ and tick the box marked engagement opportunities in the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector.