The Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook has today set the direction for mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. The WA State Priorities 2020-2024 outline the immediate priorities to reform and improve the mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector over the next four years.
The State Government has released the Clinical Governance Review and is adding the new position of Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health to the Mental Health Commission. The new position will also have a key role in a newly created Mental Health Executive Committee.
The Mental Health Commission has established a new Community Advisory Group to help consider what services are necessary to help fill the gaps for individuals and families in crisis from alcohol or other drugs.
Clinicians are invited to attend a seminar discussing alcohol and other drug issues and collaborative approaches on 19 March in Perth.
Twenty consumers, carers and peak body representatives from the Western Australian Mental Health and AOD system undertook a co-review process of the Community Support program area from the Mental Health Commission’s Procurement Schedule throughout August and September 2019 in partnership with the MHC.
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It is important to understand if mental health, alcohol and other drug programs are making a difference to people’s lives in a positive way in terms of relationships, community connections, housing, employment, education, health and general wellbeing.
Safe Haven Cafés provide peer based, recovery orientated services for people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues requiring urgent assistance and support, but who do not require intensive clinical support.
The Mental Health Commission is seeking Expressions of Interest from community members to participate on an advisory group regarding crisis intervention for alcohol and other drugs in WA.
On 2 December 2019, the Minister for Mental Health announced that HelpingMinds has been appointed to provide the first state-wide Recovery College with $3.6 million invested by the State Government over three and a half years.