Western Australian Mental Wellbeing Framework
The Mental Health Commission recognises mental health and wellbeing as being a key element to support rebalancing the mental health system.
In order to guide the rebalancing of the system, the Western Australian Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Plan 2018-2025 (Prevention Plan) was released in 2018. The Prevention Plan aims to guide and inform stakeholders about the evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies that can assist with preventing mental health conditions and AOD related issues in the community.
Since the launch of the Prevention Plan there has been significant developments in research and evidence about mental health promotion and the importance of promoting mental wellbeing.
To better define the mental wellbeing component and strengthen the mental health prevention component of the Prevention Plan, the Commission is developing the Western Australian Mental Wellbeing Framework (the Framework).
The Framework will define the guiding principles, foundations and best practice initiatives for the promotion of mental health wellbeing and prevention of mental health conditions in Western Australia. The Framework will be developed with the intention to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental health conditions at a population level across the Western Australian community.
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However, it is identified that there are populations where targeted efforts may be required, including but not limited to Aboriginal people; children and young people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; LGBTQIA+; people with a disability; older adults;, and people living in regional and remote areas.
Once finalised, the Framework will also provide a guide for other Government agencies, peaks, non-government organisations who are progressing work in relation to mental health and wellbeing. It is intended the Framework will also inform future investment that align to an evidence-based approach.
Expert Reference Group
The Commission has established an Expert Reference Group consisting of experts in mental health prevention and promotion to guide the development of the Framework.
The Expert Reference Group consists of:
- Ms Ann-Marie Cunniffe, Mental Health Commission (Chairperson)
- Dr Stephen Carbone, Prevention United
- Dr Elizabeth Connor, Western Australian Association for Mental Health
- Professor Donna Cross, Telethon Kids Institute
- Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker AM, Curtin University
- Mr Gary Kirby, Expert Advisor
- Ms Julia Knapton, Healthway
- Joep van Agteren, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
The Commission has contracted Prevention United to undertake a literature review and assist with the development of the Framework. Prevention United is one of the few mental health organisations in Australia that has an exclusive focus on promotion and prevention in the mental health field
The Commission has also engaged Tuna Blue Facilitation to undertake statewide consultation to inform the development of the Framework.
This is the first time that the Commission will be consulting specifically on the promotion of mental wellbeing initiatives.
To further inform the development of the Framework, an online survey is available for all stakeholders and community members to have their say about their experience of wellbeing.
The survey will be open until Friday 5 November 2021. After completing the survey please share the survey link with your networks.
For further information about this project, please email MHCWellbeingFramework@mhc.wa.gov.au