Mental health

Overview

Providing high quality and culturally secure care and treatment for people experiencing mental health problems, including alcohol and substance use disorders, in rural and remote Western Australia is core business for the WA Country Health Service.

WACHS recognises and values the importance of good mental health for all country people, and how it impacts on quality of life and the ability for people to be contributing members of the community.

Mental health problems are now the second highest disease burden in WA after cancer. Nationally, suicide is the leading cause of death of our young people – accounting for one-third of deaths of Australians aged 15 to 24. These figures are even higher in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable groups.

The WACHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 – 24 (the Strategy) provides a five year framework and plan to strengthen the integration of mental health care within all regional health services, ensuring a seamless journey for the consumer and their family. It promotes integrated and supportive person-centred care which provides equitable access to high quality and contemporary mental health care, close to home and on country.

Successfully implementing the Strategy will be an iterative process across all regions. It relies on strong and collaborative leadership, innovation, and active strategic partnerships within and external to WACHS.

Vision

Mentally healthy, resilient country people living satisfying, contributing lives.

Contemporary mental health, alcohol and other drug services will deliver evidence-based and knowledge-informed practice that is integrated across all health settings.

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Mission

Provide easy access to high quality, culturally secure and integrated mental health and substance use services.

Directions

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Direction 1: Delivering contemporary mental health and substance use disorder services

People experiencing mental health problems and/or substance use disorders have a right to equitable access to high quality health and services to meet their needs in a timely manner, consistent with their choice.

Direction 2: Sustainable and skilled workforce

Country residents experiencing mental health problems and/or substance use disorders need access to an agile, compassionate, appropriately qualified, multi-skilled and culturally-responsive medical workforce.

Direction 3: Innovation through technology, partnerships and research

Innovation through the use of digital design, access and delivery of services will build capacity to expand and enhance mental health and substance use service coverage across the State.

Direction 4: Leadership, culture and governance

Good governance, leadership and organisational culture drives sustainability, performance, and improved patient safety and health outcomes.

Regional contacts

Service Location Phone number
Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service Cnr of Anne and Robinson Streets Broome WA 67235 08) 9194 2640
Pilbara Mental Health and Drug Service Hedland Health Campus 2 – 34 Colebatch Way, South Hedland WA 6722 (08) 9174 1240
Midwest Mental Health and Community Alcohol and Drug Service Shenton Street, Geraldton Health Campus Geraldton WA 6531 (08) 1800 051 999
Wheatbelt Community Mental Health Service Unit 10/210 Fitzgerald Street, Northam WA 6401 (08) 9621 0999
Goldfields Community Mental Health Service Kalgoorlie Hospital, Cnr Maritana and Piccadilly Streets, Kalgoorlie WA 6430 (08) 9088 6200
South West Community Mental Health South West Health Campus, Corner Robertson Drive and Busselton Highway, WA 6280 (08) 9722 1300
Great Southern Mental Health Service Albany Health Campus – Hardie Road, Albany WA 6330 (08) 9892 2440

 

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Last Updated: 21/06/2021