Strategic advisory groups

Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board was established in July 2015 to provide strategic advice to the Mental Health Commissioner about the management, care and support services provided to people experiencing alcohol or other drug use problems.

This has included providing advice on alcohol as a greater risk of harm, the introduction of Secondary Supply legislation, the Methamphetamine Campaign, the implementation of the Misuse of Drugs and Psychoactive Substances legislation, working with the National “Ice” Strategy Taskforce, expansion of Detox and Rehabilitation Services, a youth project at Banksia Hill and responding to the issue of medicinal cannabis.

To contact the Board phone the Mental Health Commission on 08 6553 0600.

Mental Health Advisory Council 

Terms of Reference | Annual Report 2016-2017

The Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) provides strategic advice and guidance to the Mental Health Commissioner regarding major issues affecting people with mental health problems, their families and service providers.

To be able to provide balanced and confidential advice to the Commissioner, MHAC members obtain feedback from across the mental health sector, the community and the state. 

On 9 July 2018, the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Roger Cook announced that new members were being sought for the Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) through an Expression of Interest process. Expressions of Interest have now closed and the selection process is underway.

The MHAC will continue with meetings once new members are appointed.

The Mental Health Commission recognises the importance of community engagement in the planning, development, and delivery of services.  To receive regular updates, including details of other opportunities to be involved in improving the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector, subscribe to the Mental Health Commission’s Latest News and the Engagement Opportunities Newsletter by clicking here.

To contact the MHAC, phone the Mental Health Commission on 08 6553 0600 or email mhac@mhc.wa.gov.au.

Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention

Council Members

The Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention provides strategic advice on suicide prevention initiatives to the Minister for Mental Health and the Mental Health Commissioner and leads the statewide suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives. The Council also oversees initiatives to:

  • improve strength and resilience;
  • expand community understanding of suicide; and
  • support capacity building in communities at risk

The Mental Health Commission(MHC) oversees the operational delivery of the Strategy through policy, research, contracting and communications and reports to Parliament through the Minister. It also provides executive support to the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. The MHC provides around $1.7 million each year to a range of suicide prevention initiatives including crisis counselling, suicide prevention and postvention services.

The Commissioner for Mental Health is a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.

To contact the secretariat email: cath.polley@mhc.wa.gov.au