Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Infants, Children and Adolescents aged 0-18 years in Western Australia
Please note that the expression of interest process for the Expert Advisory Groups has now closed - thank you to all that applied - we'll be in touch as soon as we can.
The purpose of the Ministerial Taskforce is to clearly articulate a vision for public specialist mental health services for children and adolescents across WA, by developing a whole of system plan for State Government funded specialist child and adolescent mental health services provided by WA health service providers (HSPs) in the Perth metropolitan and Western Australian country areas. This plan will make recommendations to the Minister for Health; Mental Health with actions and a costed implementation plan aimed at achieving better mental health outcomes for children and young people; paying particular attention to the adequacy and equity of service provision across all ages from 0 to 18 years.
The Taskforce will be led by an independent chair and 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 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 children, adolescents and their families and carers will be at the centre of the Taskforce to help design and rebuild the CAMHS system in WA.
The objectives of the 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 membership has been kept small to enable decisions to be made quickly.
The members of the Taskforce as endorsed by Minister Cook 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
- A/Chief Executive of the CAHS, Dr Simon Wood
- 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
- CAMHS clinical representative, Dr Pradeep Rao
The Taskforce will be informed and supported by three expert advisory groups (EAGs) – clinical, lived experience and interagency. Recruitment for each of these EAGs has been undertaken through an expression of interest (EOI) process and is now closed.
Your voice is essential in helping to inform the future of child and adolescent mental health services in WA. Consultation will occur with stakeholders throughout the course of the project. All engagement information and how you can be involved will be posted here.
If you have any questions or comments CATaskforce@mhc.wa.gov.au