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Making a complaint

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the operation of, or treatment by, the Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) you can make a complaint. Complaints can be made about the MHAS, its products or the people working for the MHAS including mental health advocates. For a copy of our Complaint Policy please click here, and for a copy of our complaint form please click here.

All complaints received by MHAS:

  • will be treated as legitimate and investigated without prejudice
  • will be investigated in an equitable, objective and unbiased manner to ensure procedural fairness to all parties and
  • will be dealt with in a confidential manner.

We will use what we learn from managing complaints to improve the services we deliver.

Who can make a complaint?

In short: anyone.

Complaints about the provision of services by MHAS (or lack of it) can be made by any person including:

  • Consumers
  • People who support consumers and
  • Health professionals.

How do I make a complaint?

You can make a complaint verbally or in writing. A formal complaint must be in writing and be sent by email, fax or mail. If you decide to make an informal complaint by phone and are dissatisfied with the outcome, you can then lodge a formal complaint in writing.

  • To make a complaint by phone: ring 6234 6300
  • To make a complaint by email go the contact us page and use the form supplied
  • To make a complaint by mail: send to Unit 6, 18 Harvest Terrace, West Perth WA 6005.

How will your complaint be managed?

Complaints will be assessed and recorded on our systems.

Where ever possible the complaint will be resolved informally.

You will be asked how you would like the complaint resolved and the outcome you are seeking.

All aspects of the complaint will be investigated. This will usually involve giving the person about whom the complaint is made a fair opportunity to respond.

Complaint resolution

When the complaint is resolved, the person making the complaint and the person against whom the complaint has been made will be informed of the outcome, including any changes that have/will be made as a result of the complaint being made.

If a resolution cannot be reached, either party can request that the complaint be progressed to the next stage.

Further Avenues of Complaint

If a person is dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaint process they can either contact the Ombudsman’s Office or the Minister for Mental Health.

Ombudsman Western Australia:

Telephone: (08) 9220 7555

Country callers: 1800 117 000 (from outside the metropolitan area)

Facsimile: (08) 9325 1107

Email: mail@ombudsman.wa.gov.au

Post: PO Box Z5386, St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6831

In person: Level 2, Albert Facey House, 469 Wellington St Perth WA

Further information: www.ombudsman.wa.gov.au

Minister for Mental Health

Telephone: (08) 6552 5400

Facsimile: (08) 6552 5401

Email: Minister.Mitchell@dpc.wa.gov.au

7th Floor, Dumas House

2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005