WA’s coronavirus tally increases by 14 cases

WA has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus, as the McGowan Government pushes support for mental health during the pandemic. The cases takes the state’s total to 495. Health Minister Roger Cook said 10 of the cases are from the metropolitan area, two are from the Kimberley, one in the Wheatbelt and one in the…

Mental health officer, committee to strengthen Mental health Commission

A new mental health medical officer and committee will strengthen the governance of WA’s Mental Health Commission, the McGowan Government has revealed. The government is adding the Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health to the commission along with a Mental Health Executive Committee to boost what it claimed was a health system under pressure because of…

Speaking Out Survey 2019: more girls in crisis than boys.

One of the most comprehensive surveys of WA’s children and young people ever performed has found that young women between years 7 and 12 report significantly lower life satisfaction and self-esteem than their male counterparts. Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People today released the Speaking Out Survey 2019, a survey of 5000 children…

WA arts battle mental health with new grants

Mental health awareness will be boosted in WA’s arts industry, with new grants to boost awareness. The McGowan Government has offered the latest health grants to 15 arts organisations across the State, providing $1.6 million to promote and integrate the Act-Belong-Commit message to maintain good mental health. Arts organisations, including Southern Edge Arts, The Contemporary…

Australian youth believe their mental health is worsening: survey

Young Australians believe their mental health is declining across the country, with around two thirds believing it is worsening, new data has found. Research by Headscape involving a survey of young Australians aged 12 to 25 released on Wednesday revealed 62 per cent of youth feeling it is deteriorating. A large number of respondents said…

Mental health awareness important for young people

As Mental Health awareness increases with such events like R U OK Day this week, it’s more important now than ever to identify the effects of mental health issues on everyone, but in particular young people. Colin Petit, Commissioner for Children and Young People said early intervention is essential. “It doesn’t matter what the issue…

Upgrades to mental health, alcohol and other drug services

Mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) services will be upgraded as part of the 2015-2025 plan, with updated modelling and a summary of progress towards actions to be provided. An increase of $76.4 million dollars has been injected into mental health and AOD services since the McGowan Government came into office, showing commitment to…

New resources combat mental health issues in WA workplaces

Mental health of WA employees will be better supported, following the introduction of mental health resources for workplaces. A comprehensive set of resources have been developed by Curtin University’s Centre of Transformative Work Design in an effort to identify mental health problems and help people thrive at work. The suite of resources will involve assessment…

Health review to prepare WA health system for future

WA will focus on creating a cultural shift towards community-based care and hospital innovation in the state’s health, the State Government has revealed. The McGowan Government has welcomed the Sustainable Health Review Final report, to rebalance the health system to ensure Western Australians receive quality health care. The report focuses on prevention and community care…