Western Australian Methamphetamine Action Plan
In an effort to reduce methamphetamine use and related harms in Western Australia, the State Government has committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP).
The MAP outlines a comprehensive plan of actions that are aimed at reducing methamphetamine related demand, supply and harm, in recognition of the complexities associated with drug use.
Historically the rate of use of methamphetamine in Western Australia has been slightly above the national average, with the latest rates being 1.4% nationally in 2016 and 2.7% in Western Australia in the same year. The use of the drug in Western Australia has declined from 4.2% in 2007 to 2.7% in 2016.
Funding has been allocated to the Mental Health Commission in support of the MAP and includes:
- $16 million over four years (2018-19 to 2021-22) for the continuation of 52 residential rehabilitation beds at existing service providers (24 beds in the metropolitan area and 28 beds in regional areas) and eight low-medical withdrawal beds (four beds in the metropolitan area and four in regional areas). Funding for the beds has been provided to the MHC on an ongoing basis (ie beyond 30 June 2022).
- $9.306 million over four years (2018-19 to 2021-22) from the Royalties for Regions Program to establish up to 33 beds for residential rehabilitation and low medical withdrawal services in the South West.
- $200,000 from the Royalties for Regions Program to identify and undertake planning and consultation required to address the gaps in alcohol and other drug treatment services in the Kimberley.
- $4.5 million has also been allocated from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to continue to employ community treatment employees in Community Alcohol and Drug Services to support individuals pre and post residential rehabilitation, retain people in treatment and prevent relapse in priority locations.
Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce
The Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce is an across government initiative, coordinated through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). It was established in June 2017 to provide advice to Government on:
- improving how programs can be best delivered and targeted to areas of greatest need, including regional areas
- opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to reduce methamphetamine harm, demand and supply, and
- advice on the best ways to measure the performance and success of the Government’s initiatives.
The MAP Taskforce has undertaken targeted consultations with a variety of stakeholders, including individuals and families affected by methamphetamine, community and business representatives, and service providers. The MAP Taskforce has also visted the regions to hear about the specific issues facing communities.