Mental Health Network

The Mental Health Network has secured its own distinctive logo and independent branding

You will now be able to easily recognise the Mental Health Network (MHN) by its logo and branding, which will be included on all newsletters, correspondence and MHN business moving forward.

The rationale behind the logo, as conveyed by the designer and supported by the MHN, is that the logo forms a layered circular motion representative of the sharing of knowledge and of continuous improvement. The intertwining colours are representative of reinforcing the values and ideals of the MHN. And finally, the space within the circle acts as a window to the future with focus.

In addition, there are the four icons that accompany the logo, to describe the role and purpose of the MHN:

  • Engage: Establish meaningful connections
  • Learn: Gain, acquire and share knowledge
  • Inform: Provide independent and informed advice
  • Improve: Improve outcomes for people with mental health issues

This webpage will also be revamped in the near future, to include content updates, publication of MHN documents, and the addition of quick links to the ten Sub Networks and their establishment reports.

This logo and branding was designed in consultation with the MHN Co-Leads, the Executive Advisory Group members and Sub Network Steering Group Co-Chairs, and we thank them for their valued contributions.


The MHN was launched in 2014 by the Western Australian Department of Health (DoH) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC). The MHN aims to improve health outcomes for people with mental health issues by building engagement, co-operation and consensus between consumers, families,  carers, health professionals, hospitals, health services, community managed organisations, the MHC and the DoH to inform mental health policy and reform, and to strengthen and increase coordination of mental health care and support across the State.

On 1 July 2017, the governance of the MHN transferred from the DoH to the MHC. The MHC provides executive, administrative and policy support.

The MHN is led by Clinical Co-Lead Dr Helen McGowan and Community Co-Lead Mr Rod Astbury. The MHN Executive Advisory Group (EAG) supports the Co-Leads through provision of advice and review of the work of the Sub Networks.  The Mental Health Commissioner is a member of the EAG.

Ten MHN Sub Networks (Sub Networks) have been established, based on identified need, to support the MHN to meet its objectives. They are comprised of clinicians, consumers, family/carers, researchers and practitioners from the community managed sector. Each Sub Network is accountable to the MHN Co-Leads. The current Sub Networks are: Eating Disorders; Forensic; Multicultural; Neuropsychiatry and Developmental Disability; Older Adult; Perinatal and Infant; Personality Disorders; Youth; Joondalup Wanneroo Region; and Peel and Rockingham Kwinana (PaRK) region.

The MHC is currently undertaking a review of the MHN.  The purpose of the review is to:

  1. examine current MHN structure and function to identify ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness;
  2. ensure alignment with the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025;
  3. determine priority areas of development; and
  4. clarify allocation of resources to support the Sub Networks.

The review will provide opportunity for community engagement and feedback to enhance the MHN.

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