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Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Infants, Children and Adolescents aged 0-18 years in Western Australia (ICA Taskforce)

The purpose of the Ministerial Taskforce is to clearly articulate a vision for public specialist mental health services for children and adolescents across WA, including infants aged from 0 years and up to 18 years.

The ICA Taskforce is developing a whole of system plan for State Government funded specialist infant, child and adolescent mental health services provided by WA health service providers (HSPs) in both metropolitan and country areas.

This plan will make recommendations to the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Health, who have joint responsibility for the ICA Taskforce. It will cover all service provision for people aged 0 to 18 for mental health issues in Western Australia in the public system.

What will the ICA Taskforce do?

The ICA Taskforce will recommend actions and provide a costed implementation plan to both Ministers, aimed at achieving better mental health outcomes for people aged 0 to 18 in Western Australia. The plan will pay particular attention to the adequacy and equity of service provision for this age group. The objectives of the ICA Taskforce are to:

  • Identify how current services can be optimised, enhanced, reconfigured or expanded; as well as identifying where new services may be required;
  • identify the investment required to implement a sustainable whole of system plan for treatment and care to meet demand and improve mental health outcomes for kids across WA;
  • outline an implementation strategy including timeframes and responsibilities; and
  • establish a governance mechanism for evaluation.

The Taskforce released the ‘Emerging Directions’ paper with the final report scheduled for November 2021.

Who are the ICA Taskforce and its advisory groups?

The ICA Taskforce is being led by an independent chair and will actively engage children, young people, families, clinicians, support providers, and other key stakeholders in the design of public specialist child and adolescent mental health services for infants, children and adolescents aged 0 – 18 years that fit the unique metropolitan, regional, rural and remote circumstances of WA. We are going to make sure that infants, children, adolescents and their families and carers will be at the centre of the ICA Taskforce to help design and rebuild the service system for infants, children and adolescent mental health services in WA.

The members of the Taskforce as endorsed by Minister Cook and Minister Dawson are:

  • Independent Taskforce Chair, Robyn Kruk AO
  • Mental Health Commissioner, Ms Jennifer McGrath
  • Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Helen Milroy
  • Chief Medical Officer - Mental Health, Dr Sophie Davison
  • Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Dr Robina Redknap
  • Chief Executive of the CAHS, Dr Aresh Anwar
  • Chief Executive of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), Mr Jeffrey Moffet
  • Consumer lived experience representative, Ms Georgia Anderson
  • Family/carer lived experience representative, Ms Wendy Cream
  • Clinical representative, Dr Pradeep Rao

The ICA Taskforce will be informed and supported by three expert advisory groups (EAGs) – clinical, lived experience and interagency.

How do I get involved?

Your voice is essential in helping to inform the future of infant, child and adolescent mental health services in WA.

Thank you for your submissions during the consultation period.

All consultations have now closed.

If you have any questions or comments, email CATaskforce@mhc.wa.gov.au

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