Rachel Perkins is one of the world's most prolific and influential voices in mental health Recovery. Her professional and lived experience has been instrumental in driving significant change in the UK. Richmond Fellowship WA is hosting Rachel Perkins as a special guest to Perth in April - May and WAAMH is co-sponsoring a number of events.
Rachel Perkins visits Perth April - May 2013
NDIS becomes law
The NDIS Bill passed through Parliament on 21 March 2013. WAAMH is excited by the opportunities that the NDIS has to empower some of our most disadvantaged community members; however, we remain concerned that the eligibility of people with mental illness remains unclear in the final Bill.
WAAMH will be remaining abreast of developments in the NDIS trial sites and will keep its members informed of key information.
The NDIS bill as passed by both houses is available here.
The NDIS draft Rules and consultation papers are available here.
WAAMH, WANADA and WACOSS call for a rethinking of Justice policies
WA's peak mental health, drug and alcohol and community service organisations jointly released the report 'Justice and Community Safety in WA: Efficient Investment in Effective Outcomes' on Friday 1st March.
Western Australians are spending much more than ever before of prisons and corrective services, and yet our jails are overcrowded and re-offending rates continue to rise. Alarmingly high rates of existing and unresolved mental health problems in our prison population, prison mental health programs are chronically under-resourced and under-staffed, so that treatment is often only available for those at crisis point ... and few ex-prisoners are likely to receive any medical or mental health follow up once they have been released. The push for further mandatory detention and minimum sentencing laws and the whole 'tough on crime' bidding war is another step in the wrong direction - there is no evidence that this approach does anything to reduce crime or recidivism.
The report outlines a justice reinvestment model which would gradually reduce the investment in prisons and increase resources for effective, evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies.
Justice and community safety report
Meet our Staff
Kay Masters Workforce Development and Training Manager
As Workforce Development and Training Manager, Kay looks forward to working with WAAMH's member agencies to address their workforce development and training needs.
Kay comes from a background in community services. Her most recent position was as Quality Partner at CommunityWest. Prior to that Kay worked as a Training and Workforce Development Consultant where she developed and delivered training packages to support staff, coordinators and managers working in HACC funded agencies.
Kay has strong links to the disability sector and is currently a board member of Inclusion WA.
Suicide, Self harm and Mental Health Awareness and Support Australia Facebook Page launched
Some people suffer in silence, because the worlds ignorance and the 'Taboo tag' that is still attached to these issues. This is not how it has to be.
The page is a place where people can share useful forums, links, photos, videos and experience to help each other along the journey of life and share knowledge.
To access the page, click HERE.
Meet the Board
Pamela Gardner - Board Member
Pam is a retired teacher of teenagers with intellectual disabilities and has cared for family members with mental illness for more than 30 years. Pam has been chair of Bay of Isles Community Outreach Inc for seven years and has been closely involved in developing support services in the south-east goldfields including Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Norseman. She is a member of the Western Australian Association of Mental Health Board and has extensive experience in planning strategies, managing businesses, developing projects and improving work force capacity. While Pam runs a small training business most of her work is voluntary, particularly facilitating education for carers.
The Act-Belong-Commit Campaign has some exciting new online developments that they'd like to share with you!
New Self-Assessment Online Tool!
Jump online and check out the new Self-Assessment tool to rate your Act-Belong Commit activity levels!
You can access it from the link on their homepage http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/electronicassessmentintro.php.
Encourage your friends, family, colleagues, community partners and the general public to go on and rate their involvement in mentally healthy activities.
Please note: this tool is not designed to evaluate your state of mental health - it's simply designed to help you rate your involvement in mentally healthy activities. Act-Belong-Commit hope it inspires you to act, belong and commit to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Following on from their TV adverts, Act-Belong-Commit now has a Youtube channel! Please help spread the word and gain more views of the complete range of TV adverts by informing your partners and local community at http://www.youtube.com/user/ActBelongCommit
Meet the Board
Joe Calleja - Board Member
Richmond Fellowship of WA
Joe Calleja has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia since July 2005 and has thirty years experience working with the community.
He was previously Director for Court Support Services with the Department of Justice in Western Australia, Principal Social Worker of the Department for Community Services and Executive Manager of Kin Way Family Relationship Services. Joe is a past President of WAAMH.
He has also been a National Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, board member of WACOSS and chair of the Centrelink Consultative Committee on Mental Health in WA. He is currently on the boards of Community Employers WA, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board (UWA), Institute of Public Administration Australia WA and was recently appointed to the Mental Health Advisory Council in WA. He was previously a non-government representative on the Project Steering Committee for the development of the WA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2010 – 2020.
He was a high school teacher for five years before retraining as a Social Worker at the University of WA in 1980.
Carers WA has sponsored a pioneering documentary for Australian teachers and students.
Starting a Conversation was produced by two Young Carers in response to a lack of understanding they experienced during their school years. Over the course of this production, they met with and heard the personal experiences of Young Carers from ages 11 to 20. Their hope is to educate teachers, and to empower other Young Carers who haven't yet been identified or acknowledged for the roles they fulfil every day.
The documentary has been created to encourage dialogue and open-mindedness in classrooms across the country.
Young Carers are everywhere.
They're in every classroom in every school,
you just might not know it.
To view the video, follow this link.
Our Grants page gives details of Grants and Scholarships available for people with mental health issues and their carers. Access the page at any time by clicking on the Grants link at the top of this page.
Keep an eye on the Dates to Remember section on the right of this page for reminders of upcoming application closing dates.