WAAMH contributed to the Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia Senate Inquiry, earlier this year.
The report from this inquiry has now been released and contains 18 recommendations with a focus on the importance of delivering the right mental health services, in the right place, at the right time, and recognises the unique needs of rural and remote communities, including the effect of the social determinates of health, and calls for a national rural and remote mental health strategy to be developed.
The report reflects a significant number of the concerns raised by WAAMH in its submission to the inquiry, particularly in relation to appropriate and accessible locally-based mental health services, social determinants, the NDIS, funding and contracting, workforce issues, the role of technology, and the mental health needs of priority groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. WAAMH’s submission to the inquiry was strongly acknowledged in the report, with six direct quotes or acknowledgments within the report, and eight additional references to WAAMH's contribution throughout the document.
WAAMH would like to thank all organisations and individuals who took part in the WAAMH consultation and contributed to the submission to this important inquiry. View WAAMH's submission here.