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 of $30.2million has been allocated to the Mental Health Commission in support of the MAP from 2018-19 to 2020-21 and includes:
- $12million over three years 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).
- $18million from the Royalties for Regions Program to establish residential rehabilitation 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.
To further support the actions in the MAP, $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 wants to hear the first-hand experiences of those directly affected by methamphetamine use. These views and insights are vital in understanding the challenges the community faces and will help the MAP Taskforce formulate its advice to Government on practical ways to reduce the harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine in Western Australia.
The Western Australian community has an opportunity to provide input to the MAP Taskforce online between 16 January and 16 March 2018.
The MAP Taskforce will undertake targeted consultations with a variety of stakeholders, including individuals and families affected by methamphetamine, community and business representatives, and service providers. The MAP Taskforce will also visit the regions to hear about the specific issues facing communities.