Western Australia has a history of underfunding the critical alcohol and other drug service sector, spanning several State Government terms. As a result, community demand for alcohol and other drug services far exceeds supply.
Funding certainty is required to ensure the sustainability of a specialist sector. It is critical that an appropriate level of investment is committed to realising the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug Services Plan 2015-25.
Noting the economic and fiscal realities which the State faces, WANADA has recommended cost-effective and interrelated initiatives which will optimise the existing system and improve sector outcomes in our WA Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18.
In our WA Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18, WANADA recommends that the State Government:
- Deliver an Aboriginal alcohol and other drug residential service in the State's south, as identified in the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug Services Plan 2015 - 2025.
- Revise and implement an improved shared data and outcomes management system.
- Provide $750,000 over three years to establish and support an alcohol and other drug consumer systems co-design advisory body.
- Provide $250,000 over two years for a program to address the barriers to treatment and support due to entrenched stigma and discrimination.
- Trial alternative funding models that ensure the delivery of the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug Services Plan 2015 - 2025.