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Young People Priority Framework

The Commission is currently developing a Young People Priority Framework, planned for release by the end of 2020.

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 recognises the specific developmental challenges for young people, particularly with regard to mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in planning for future services. The State Priorities 2020-2024 further identifies young people as a high priority group requiring specific focus over the next four years. 

The Framework is intended to guide the mental health and AOD sector in supporting and responding to the needs of young people aged 12 to 24 years, across the spectrum of care from prevention to treatment and post-treatment support. It will also consider specific vulnerable cohorts, including Aboriginal people, those living with disability, CaLD communities, people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and those in regional and remote areas.

For information about young people and mental health, including tips and services information, go to the Youth page under Your health and wellbeing

The Framework will provide an overview of the current service system, including the identification of current gaps, and will present a way forward in responding to key areas for action.

It is being developed in close partnership with the sector and stakeholders, and overseen by a Directors-General Steering Committee, the Mental Health Executive Committee and the Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Council.

The objective of the Framework is to improve mental health and wellbeing of young people in Western Australia by identifying:

  • Key issues impacting on the mental health, alcohol and other drug difficulties of young people, including related to COVID-19
  • Focus areas for action and priorities
    • within the public health system and community sector
    • across the State Government
    • involving the Commonwealth

The Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) has been engaged to help co-design the Framework and ensure the voices of young people with lived experience are central to its recommendations.

The Framework will also build on previous plans, strategies and frameworks developed by both the State and Federal Governments, and will be informed by the research and undertaken by stakeholders including the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Telethon Kids Institute, Mental Health Advocacy Service and other stakeholders.

Current status

The project team has reviewed past work and current literature, including gathering qualitative and quantitative information; and developed a succinct Consultation Guide to help guide consultations and inform the Framework.

Currently, consultation with key stakeholders and governance bodies is occurring and will continue through October.

Next steps will then include

  • a Consultation Summary Report will be developed by the end of October
  • A Background Paper and the Draft Young People Priority Framework will be developed by mid-November
  • Endorsement from the steering committee, MHEC and CMC will be sought for the final draft Framework, including initiatives for further consideration by Government, during November.
  • The Framework is due to be completed by December 2020.

Get involved – young people

YACWA has been engaged by the Mental Health Commission to ensure young people and their experiences drive the development of the Framework.

If you are a young person with lived experience, you can get involved by:

One on one interview

YACWA will be holding a small number of one on one interviews with young people, either in person, phone or via video conference. These interviews will be with vulnerable young people who may need the support of service providers to engage. If you work with a young person who you could support to participate, please get in contact on charlotte2@yacwa.org.au or 0481 169 448.

Face to face group forums

YACWA is holding two group forums of approximately ten young people, running 6pm to 8pm at:

Please promote these opportunities to young people who you think would like to participate.

Virtual group forum

To ensure young people in regional WA or who cannot participate in face to face forums are included, we will run virtual forums as required. Please email charlotte2@yacwa.org.au for more information.

Online survey

We have developed a short survey so that all young people can have their say. We would appreciate your help in sharing this survey to young people you work with and through your social media channels. This is the link to the survey. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link: http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PrDDxuDAYOsqON

Service provider-led consultation

YACWA can provide service providers with the consultation materials so that you can speak with individual young people or reference groups who are already engaging with your service.

All young people who participate in a forum or interview will be paid $35 per hour in vouchers to thank them for their time.

For more information about the youth consultations please contact Charlotte Cain from YACWA on charlotte2@yacwa.org.au.

Get involved – families and carers of young people

YACWA has been engaged by the Mental Health Commission to ensure carers of young people also help drive the development of the Framework.

If you are a carer of a young person with lived experience, you can get involved by:

Face to face group forums.

YACWA is holding four small group forums for family carers in the week beginning the 12th October. These group forums will be held on

Please promote these opportunities to families or carers of young people who you think would like to participate.

Virtual group forum

To ensure family carers in regional WA or who cannot participate in face to face forums are included, YACWA will run virtual forums as required. Please email cathy@yacwa.org.au for more information

Online survey

We have developed a short survey so that as many carers as possible can have their say. We would appreciate your help in sharing this survey to carers you work with and through your social media channels. This is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPPFfamilycarers

Families and carers who participate in a forum will be given a $70 voucher to thank them for their time.

For more information on the carer consultations please contact Cathy Stokes from YACWA on cathy@yacwa.org.au

Contact

For any other enquiries about the Young People Priority Framework project, please email: yppf@mhc.wa.gov.au

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