Region commits to improving mental health

March 4, 2016

One of two regional sub-networks for mental health was launched in Rockingham this week.

The mental health network, a partnership between WA Health and the Mental Health Commission, was first launched in 2014 with the aim of bringing providers and stakeholders together to contribute to improving WA’s mental health system.

Specialist sub-networks for eating disorders, forensics and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and region-specific sub-networks in Joondalup and Rockingham/Peel will lead priority issues and bring consumers, carers and health professionals together to implement change.

Rockingham Peel Group Executive Director Geraldine Carlton said there was real engagement providing impetus for change at the inaugural meeting for the Rockingham Kwinana and Peel region sub-network.

“We have an experienced group of mental health advocates with a shared vision to ultimately bring about greater community acceptance and reduce the stigma associated with mental health,” said Geraldine.

“As we work together to address the agreed priorities and projects for the sub-network, we hope to make it easy for all involved to navigate the mental health system.

“In real terms this will mean improving access to the right service at the right time, positive engagement with care provider/s and sharing information to achieve better patient outcomes.”