Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Minister launches new mental health workforce and training initiatives

    24/11/2010 12:00 AM

    Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today announced an injection of $960,000 to help secure a highly-trained workforce in mental health services for Western Australia.


    “This funding reflects the State Government’s focus on mental health and will help ensure we can recruit and equip mental health experts throughout the State,” Dr Jacobs said.


     “An enhanced workforce means improved services and better outcomes for those in need.


    “Children, young people and new mothers are set to benefit along with rural West Australians and those with substance misuse problems.  


    “Scholarships and training opportunities will be extended for clinicians and mental health workers.”


    The Mental Health Commission funding includes:


    ·           up to $500,000 to increase training for doctors in child and adolescent psychiatry

    ·           $100,000 for the Drug and Alcohol Office to provide mental health professionals with training around substance use and recovery

    ·           $25,000 to train staff in the drug and alcohol and mental health sectors to work with people who have both mental health and substance use issues

    ·           $35,000 for access to a comprehensive database of international research to ensure West Australian clinicians are abreast of the latest mental health developments

    ·           $36,500 in training for general practitioners (GPs) to support pregnant women and new mothers suffering from anxiety.  Research indicates that 10-15 per cent of women suffer this condition and that GPs are best placed to provide early intervention of emerging mental disorders

    ·           $105,986 worth of new multimedia training resources introduced in the country health services

    ·           $160,000 over two years to roll out an innovative mental health e-learning tool for mental health professionals called MHPOD, which contains 70 hours of material on 50 topics ranging from recovery to legislation.   


    The funding follows the announcement earlier this week of $910,000 to fund 70 graduate scholarships over two years for mental health professionals wishing to further their knowledge and skills. The cost of course fees of graduate certificates in mental health will be met, with each scholarship worth up to $13,000.


    The Minister said mental health was everyone’s business and the workforce initiatives aimed to foster collaborations across the range of people and organisations supporting people affected by mental health.


    An announcement will be made in the near future regarding increased funds to non-government agencies to address mental health issues through workforce and community development.


    Minister's office - 9213 6900