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New Chief Mental Health Advocate - Dr Sarah Pollock

Dr Sarah Pollock has been appointed the new Chief Mental Health Advocate for Western Australia following the retirement of the inaugural Chief Advocate, Debora Colvin. Dr Pollock brings a wealth of experience in research and advocacy for national mental health service provider Mind Australia and Wesley Mission Victoria, and most recently as Special Advisor to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. She holds a PhD based on work on service development projects in disability, homelessness, residential aged care for people with lifelong mental health and alcohol and drug problems.

MHAS would like to thank Ms Colvin for her tireless work as the Head of the Council of Official Visitors from 2008 and the Chief Mental Health Advocate from 2015 in advocating to improve conditions and treatment for people in the mental health system. Dr Pollock has been appointed by the Minister for Mental Health for five years beginning 26 February 2021 and MHAS would like to very warmly welcome Dr Pollock to the role. For more information about Dr Pollock, please click here

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Annual Report

The Mental Health Advocacy Service’s Annual Report 2020-2021 describes the activities of the Advocates during the past year.

 



MHAS 2020 2021 Annual Report 

MHAS 2020 2021 Annual Report


Inquiry into Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014

This inquiry was undertaken by MHAS with the aim of improving Aboriginal mental health consumers’ experiences and identifying mental health service compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act). The report found that the Act is not being complied with and overall Aboriginal consumers are not consistently being offered their rights.  While some initial progress has been made towards fulfilling the promise of the Act, and there are some positive examples of collaboration,  there is still a long way to go before all Aboriginal people being assessed, examined and treated have access to the rights offered by the Act.  The report contains 15 recommendations all of which were supported or supported in principle in a joint response to the preliminary report from the Director General of the Department of Health, the five health service providers and the Acting Mental Health Commissioner. The Chief Advocate has recommended to the Minister that an inter-agency working party be established to develop an agreed action plan to implement the report recommendations for consideration and endorsement by the new Mental Health Executive Committee with a report back to the Minister in 12 months.

Mhas Final Report On The Inquiry Into Strait Islander People And Compliance With The Mental Health Act 2014 July 2020