The Plan 2015 - 2025

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 (the Plan) is the Mental Health Commission’s key planning tool for the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector.

The Plan was developed through an extensive consultation process with stakeholders across the sector and outlines how we can all work together to achieve an optimal level of services for both mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

 The Plan provides a range of options for investment decisions and priority setting for all levels of Government and non-Government stakeholders, based on the optimal mix of mental health, alcohol and other drug services required for the population of Western Australia, and subject to regular budgetary processes.

Implementation of action items within the Plan is dependent on the financial capacity of both the State and the wider mental health, AOD sectors. The Plan is a road map to guide investment.

A considerable amount of work has been undertaken across the Mental Health Commission and the mental health, alcohol and other drug sectors to meet the goals of the Plan and to support the people of Western Australia. Key Achievements 2015-2017 outlines key initiatives undertaken over the past two years to meet the objectives outlined in the Plan.

The Two Year Plan Update

The MHC, in conjunction with stakeholders, has undertaken considerable work towards implementing the Plan, including seeking to rebalance the mental health, alcohol and other drug system towards person centred community based care; and continues to develop new initiatives in line with the Plan’s actions and strategic direction.

The Plan Update, scheduled to be released in 2018, will include updated modelling and a summary of progress towards key actions outlined in the original Plan.

Whilst the original Plan continues to be the primary reference for mental health, alcohol and other drug services development, the Plan Update will provide the latest modelling and population demographics to ensure ongoing responsiveness to emerging trends.

The Plan Update also provides an opportunity to highlight key achievements and review what has changed since the original Plan was released.

Stakeholders, including the community, will be invited to provide feedback on the draft Plan Update in the second half of 2018. The timeline for the release of the draft has been delayed to allow for the resolution of issues relating to the national planning tool and subsequent modelling.

Further information relating to the release of the draft Plan Update will be provided at the start of the feedback period. To register your interest in being advised of the opening of the feedback period for the Plan Update, email: