The Mental Health Commission will be working to support local communities to develop and implement a region-by-region approach to Aboriginal suicide prevention in Western Australia, after it was announced by Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook today. An additional $4.79 million has also been allocated to programs to provide additional suicide prevention support to all Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
The Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook today announced a new Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Council will be established. The new Council will strengthen collaboration between the community services sector, government and consumers, carers and families.
Today Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook announced the investment of $56 million for mental health and alcohol and other drug services. The additional funding will create new community models of care, supporting at-risk and vulnerable groups.
The Western Australian Mental Health Commission has joined mental health commissions and leaders across Australia in issuing a Joint Mental Health Commissions and Leaders Communique in support of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan.
In response to COVID-19, the Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook last week announced the launch of a hotline to assist GPs and other front-line health professionals to provide treatment and support to patients experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. The dedicated line for health professionals provides access to specialist clinicians for expert alcohol and other drug treatment advice.
In response to evidence of increased risky alcohol consumption in Western Australia related to COVID-19, Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook launched a new campaign to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm associated with the pandemic.
In recognition of heightened levels of stress and anxiety in the community during this unprecedented time, Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook has launched a dedicated campaign to help Western Australians manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Western Australia's first Safe Haven Cafes have been announced as an alternative to emergency department presentations
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.