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The Mental Health Advocacy Service brochure "Getting your voice heard - Know your rights" has been translated into a range of different languages. Click here to see more.

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Up to ten positions are open for interested members of the community to join the Mental Health Advisory Council. The Mental Health Advisory Council provides advice to the Mental Health Commissioner regarding major issues affecting Western Australians with mental health issues, their carers and service providers. Membership of the Council consists of representatives of the community with a broad range of experience, knowledge and perspectives from across the mental health sector. Involving consumers, carers and the broader community in the decisions that affect them is critically important and enables the development of a mental health system that meets the needs of the Western Australian community. Applications close 4pm Friday 3 August, 2018.  Further information is available on the Mental Health Commission website.


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Annual Report for 2016-2017 

The Report raises concerns about the crisis of care for 16 and 17 year olds and almost universal breaching of the Act in relation to Treatment, Support and Discharge plans.

Mental health patients stuck in ED for days

On Monday 26 February 2018 there were 34 people waiting in EDs for a mental health bed. Five people had been waiting for 2-4 days and 4 children waiting for 2 to 6 days. This is not an isolated occurrence.  WA was also the worse state for waiting times in the ACEM report issued the same day and the Sustainable Health Review Interim Report just released also recommended immediate action on bed flow.  MHAS has written to all health services, the Director General of Health and the Commissioner for Mental Health.  Read the letter here.  See both reports here and here

Response Letter received from Child and Adolescent Health Service Board

Response Letter received from East Metropolitan Health Service Board.

Inquiry into Treatment, Support and Discharge Plans​

Inquiry into Treatment, Support and Discharge Plans

From March to September 2017 the Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) Advocates conducted an Inquiry into Treatment, Support and Discharge Plans of patients to investigate the extent to which there was compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014. 

In response the Mental Health Commission (MHC) noted :

"the comprehensive Inquiry undertaken by the Mental Health Advocacy Service in assessing compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act) regarding treatment, support and discharge planning.  The MHC notes similar findings in the Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of the Act and encourages collaboration between stakeholders as they address the recommendations of both the MHAS Inquiry and the PIR, and continue to improve their treatment, support and discharge planning".

Other responses received were:

Response Letter received from Child and Adolescent Health Service. 

Response Letter received from East Metropolitan Health Service.

Response Letter received from North Metropolitan Health Service.

Response Letter received from South Metropolitan Health Service.

Response Letter received from WA Country Health Service.

Response Letter received from St John of God Midland Public Hospital.

Response Letter received from Director General, Department of Health.

Response Letter received from RANZCP, Western Australian Branch Chair.

Response Letter received from Mental Health Tribunal.