People who experience mental illness should have access to high quality mental health care, treatment and support that is tailored to meet their specific needs.
Furthermore, the vital role of carers and families should be acknowledged, respected and supported. Research and evaluation are crucial to reducing the incidence of mental health problems and improving outcomes for people experiencing and living with mental illness.
The issue of mental health is a core part of Alison’s life work. She was formerly President of the WA Association for Mental Health, Vice-Chair of Community Mental Health Australia, a Director of Mental Health Australia, an appointee on the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and the Co-Lead of the WA Mental Health Network.
During this term of Parliament Alison is committed to calling for:
the voices of people who live with mental illness and those of their carers and family members to be put at the centre of why mental health services are provided and how services are designed
the timely and adequate resourcing of the implementation of the ten year Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan
the reform of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act as a matter of urgency as it is in violation of the United Nations Declaration on the human rights of people with a disability
the introduction of a Recovery College, the model of which to be informed by the work already undertaken by a committed group of people with lived experience, services providers and advocates
a transcultural mental health unit for people of various cultural backgrounds
access for people with a psychosocial disability to the National Disability Insurance Scheme