Strategies in Development
Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategic Framework
The Mental Health Commission has developed a draft statewide Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategic Framework (Workforce Strategic Framework) as a guide for key agencies to support the growth and development of the mental health and alcohol and other drug workforce. The Workforce Strategic Framework will meet action 88 of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025:
- develop and commence implementation of a comprehensive mental health, alcohol and other drug workforce planning and development strategy that includes key priorities and strategies to build the right number and appropriately skilled mix of staff, and clarifies roles and responsibilities of commissioning agencies and service providers.
An Advisory Group was convened to oversee the development of the Workforce Strategic Framework comprising senior representatives from government and non-government agencies, research academics and consumer, family and carer representatives. In addition, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies were commissioned to undertake workforce mapping projects to inform the development of the Workforce Strategic Framework. A forum was also held on 24 July 2017 to obtain feedback and advice to inform the development of the Workforce Strategic Framework, from consumer and carer representatives.
Community consultation on the draft Workforce Strategic Framework took place from 20 July 2018 to 29 August 2018.
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Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy
The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy will be the first of its kind in Western Australia. It will establish a framework to guide stakeholders in the development of appropriate accommodation and support for people with severe mental health issues and/or mild, moderate and severe alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues until the end of 2025.
The Accommodation and Support Strategy will meet action 24 of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025:
- in collaboration with key stakeholders, develop a housing strategy to address the housing needs of people with mental health, alcohol and other drug problems whilst also increasing access to community support services that will assist with daily living tasks and maintaining tenancy. This includes (as a priority) appropriate housing and support for people who have mental health, alcohol and other drug problems and are homeless.
The Accommodation and Support Strategy will be a high-level document with a multiagency approach. Government agencies, non‑government organisations and the private sector will need to work together with consumers, families and carers to develop effective partnerships and provide an integrated accommodation and support system. The Accommodation and Support Strategy will be provider and funder neutral, relying on investment from the State and Commonwealth Governments, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector. The Accommodation and Support Strategy will illustrate the key features of a quality accommodation and support system to enable people with mental health and/or AOD-related issues to sustain and maintain their accommodation in a community of their choice.
From 2016-2018, the Mental Health Commission consulted extensively with a range of key stakeholders including individual meetings with targeted stakeholders; a consumer, family and carer workshop; a group meeting with stakeholders involved in the delivery of the Independent Living Program; written submissions to the Commission; and establishment of the Accommodation and Support Strategy Advisory Committee. More than 55 non-government, peak bodies, and government organisations and approximately 30 consumer consultants, carers and family members were involved in the consultation process to develop the draft Accommodation and Support Strategy.
The Mental Health Commission would like to thank everyone who has provided feedback.
This feedback was collated and informed the final Accommodation and Support Strategy, due to be released in 2020.
To support implementation, the Mental Health Commission is currently developing a whole of government Implementation Plan for the Accommodation and Support Strategy. This will outline action against five key focus areas.
In implementing the Accommodation and Support Strategy the Mental Health Commission is committed to continue working with a range of key stakeholders, specifically including the Department of Communities in respect to their work in the areas of housing, homelessness and family and domestic violence.
Alignment and consideration of the below strategies and projects will be essential to ensure the Western Australian Government presents a coordinated and consistent approach toward providing appropriate accommodation and support for people with mental health issues and/or AOD issues.
Questions regarding the draft Accommodation and Support Strategy should be directed to AccommodationStrategy@mhc.wa.gov.au.