The Plan 2015 - 2025

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025: Better Choices. Better Lives. (the Plan) outlines a comprehensive package of reforms to reshape the delivery of services to Western Australians with mental health, alcohol and other drug problems. 

A first of its kind for the State, the Plan sets a bold agenda to create a more connected, high quality and person-centred system focused on the provision of holistic care and support.

It provides a targeted and phased approach to investment over the next 10 years to deliver the optimal mix and level of services to meet the needs of the current and future population. This includes an increase in hospital beds and specialist care, a shift towards the provision of more services in the community and enhanced programs and strategies that prevent mental illness, reduce drug and alcohol-related harm, and that intervene early to reduce the development of serious illness. 

* The Mental Health Commission has made some minor amendments to the Plan to address a number of typographical errors identified in the document. Please note that only the PDF version has been updated – there will be no updates to the Accessibility versions and Interactive versions. The changes are in effect as of 20 March 2017 and include:

  • Page 45 – changed the figure from “352.9 services per 1000,000 population” to “352.9 services per 1,000 population”
  • Page 61 – changed the figure from “expand low medical alcohol and other drug withdrawal services in the metropolitan area by 10 beds” to “11 beds”
  • Page 90 – updated the “modelling” column in the table from “Included in forensic in-prison modelling.” to “1. In addition to the modelled requirement in the Plan. 2. Included in forensic in-prison modelling. 3. In addition to the modelled requirement in the Plan.”
  • Page 92 – updated the colours in the graph to correctly reflect the legend below
  • Page 93 – changed “Table 3” to “Table 9”
  • Page 106 – updated the Matrix to show “0 MHOAs at Bentley” instead of “4 MHOAs”
  • Page 106 – updated the Matrix to show “108 total beds at Bentley” instead of “112 total beds”
  • Page 106 – updated the Matrix to show “8 MHOAs at Peel and Rockingham/Kwinana” instead of “4 MHOAs”
  • Page 106 – updated the Matrix to show “97 total beds at Peel and Rockingham/Kwinana” instead of “93 total beds”
  • Page 177 - changed the figure from “expand low medical alcohol and other drug withdrawal services in the metropolitan area by 10 beds” to “11 beds”
  • Page 188 – updated the page number for “What we hope to achieve section on pages 10-11” to “page 12”

Consultation

The consultation process to inform the development of Plan has been comprehensive, involving over 2,300 individuals and organisations. Expert Reference Groups have been formed and online surveys, consultation forums, and individual meetings have been undertaken to ensure all key stakeholders have had an opportunity to contribute their experience, thoughts, opinions and ideas. 

The draft Plan was released on 3 December 2014 for a final consultation period, and was completed on 30 March 2015. This consultation process included 19 forums (10 in the metropolitan area and 9 in regional areas), an online survey, and over 60 written submissions. 

The links and documents below provide you with further information and detail with regard to the consultation undertaken and feedback received.

Consultation Summary Report

Consultation forum reports

Online survey raw data

Written submissions received

Plan video