Decision to merge health and mental health portfolios welcomed

Decision to merge health and mental health portfolios welcomed


Friday 17 March 2017

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The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed the decision by the new State Government to merge the health and mental health portfolios under the one minister, Deputy Premier Roger Cook.

 

“The AMA (WA) has been advocating for some time that both portfolios would be better served by bringing the two areas of responsibility under one minister. Today’s announcement will help fix the disconnect between the mental and physical health systems that has developed in recent years,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.

 

“The WA mental health system is in crisis following years of apathetic policy, limited resources and a medical workforce stretched well beyond capacity.

 

“The impact has been devastating for thousands of West Australians.”

 

“It is also good news to have Roger Cook confirmed as Health Minister. We are confident that health will be served well by the new Minister,” Dr Miller said.

 

“While a positive move by the newly elected government, there remain significant issues that need to be urgently attended to by Mr Cook.”

 

“The AMA (WA) looks forward to working with Mr Cook and the Labor government as a whole to improve all aspects of physical and mental health in WA,” Dr Miller said.

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