Strategies in Development

Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Interagency Strategy 2017-2021

The Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Interagency Strategy 2017-2021 provides a guide for Government, non-government organisations and the community with the goal of reducing and preventing the impacts of alcohol and other drugs in the Western Australian community.

The Strategy was developed by the Drug and Alcohol Strategic Senior Officers’ Group (DASSOG) in targeted consultation with key stakeholders and the community. DASSOG includes representatives from key human and social service State Government departments.

The public consultation period on the Draft Strategy closed on 31 August 2017. The Mental Health Commission, in consultation with the DASSOG, is currently finalising the Strategy which has been updated to build on past achievements and reflect: changes in drug issues and trends including emerging issues; gaps in current service provision; new government policy positions and strategic directions such as those outlined in the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan 2015-2025 and the Methamphetamine Action Plan; and new and emerging evidence.

The final Strategy is expected to be released by the end of 2017.

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Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategy

The Mental Health Commission is currently developing a state-wide Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategy (Workforce Strategy) as a guide for key agencies to support the growth and development of the mental health and alcohol and other drug workforce.  The Workforce Strategy 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 has been convened to oversee the development of the Strategy comprising senior representatives from government and non-government agencies, research academics and consumer, and carer and family representatives.  In addition, the Western Australian Association of Mental Health and the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies were commissioned to undertake workforce mapping projects to inform the development of the Workforce Strategy.  A forum was held on 24 July 2017 to obtain feedback about the Workforce Strategy, from consumer and carer representatives.

Targeted consultation on the Workforce Strategy is due to commence in late 2017, followed by an open public consultation phase. The final Workforce Strategy is due to be released in 2018.

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 Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Plan

The Mental Health Commission is currently developing the Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Plan.  The Prevention Plan aims to guide the development and implementation of effective, evidence‑based prevention activity across Western Australia. The Prevention Plan includes an overview of the recommended programs and strategies that can prevent and reduce drug use and harmful alcohol use, reduce the incidence of mental illness and promote optimal mental health in the Western Australian community.  

The finalisation of the Prevention Plan will meet action 16 of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025:

  • develop a comprehensive prevention plan for mental health, alcohol and other drugs which will include a range of evidence-based strategies across the life course (including targeted programs for at risk groups).

To develop the Plan, a Prevention Plan Expert Advisory Group was formed, consisting of key academic experts to inform the evidence based content of the Prevention Plan; a literature review was commissioned to identify best practice in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention; an internal MHC prevention staff workshop and a consumer, carer and family forum were held; and presentations given to the Mental Health Advisory Council, the Drug and Alcohol Strategic Senior Officers Group and the Integrated Services Consumer Group.

Targeted and public consultation is due to commence in the latter half of 2017.

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Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy 2017-2025

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy 2017-2025 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 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 issues to sustain and maintain their accommodation in a community of their choice.

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has undertaken an extensive consultation process 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 MHC; and establishment of the Accommodation and Support Strategy Advisory Committee. A total of 55 non-government, peak bodies, and government organisations and over 25 consumer consultants, carers and family members have been involved in the consultation process to develop the draft Accommodation and Support Strategy.

The drafting of the Accommodation and Support Strategy is currently in progress and due to be released for public consultation in the coming months.

For further information, please email: AccommodationStrategy@mhc.wa.gov.au