Big Wins for Workers in Recent WA State Budget Commitments
Friday 13 Aug 2021
The HSUWA welcomes the recent State Government announcement of a much needed $1.9 billion investment into WA Health, including vital funding for mental health staffing and services.
Critically, the State Government has made a commitment of 99 additional staff members to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) which includes the 64 promised through the Child and Adolescent Health Service last week, with an additional 35 staff to be funded through the Mental Health Commission.
This win for health workers in Western Australia was triggered by recent HSUWA member advocacy and industrial action, with the immediate goal to urgently lift staffing levels at the CAMHS.
Secretary of the HSUWA Naomi McCrae said, “We have seen the power that comes with our members working together to affect change within their workplace, which will now have positive impacts for WA children, young people and their families.”
She continued, “The announcement will go some way to contributing to a safer work environment for our members and shortening the waiting time for seriously unwell Perth children and teenagers to access treatment. The work is not done yet, but it’s a very positive start!”
The HSUWA anticipates that its members will benefit from many parts of the announcements, including the $129.9 million youth mental health package and additional investment in regional initiatives. However, the State Government has not yet provided full details on all funding commitments.
McCrae explained, "It’s vital that the initiatives designed to relieve pressures are effective and we are looking forward to receiving more detailed information, which will uncover what these announcements will actually mean for health workers across the State."
McCrae added, “We also appreciate the much needed investment into regional programs, and focus on Aboriginal people, women and mental health initiatives within some areas. We know that resources within the regions are incredibly stretched and have been for a considerable amount of time.”
“It’s positive to see the State Government has acknowledged the advocacy of our members and has recognised that providing the funds to improve working conditions for our front-line health workers, is ultimately an investment which benefits the wider WA community.”
The HSUWA will be keeping its members informed of the programs and initiatives outlined within the election commitments as more detail comes to hand.
About the HSUWA
HSUWA represents more than 18,000 people employed in WA’s public hospitals and health services, including for example administrative staff, clerks, technicians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, medical imaging technologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, medical scientists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, podiatrists, radiation therapists, mental health workers, and other health professionals. All play a vital role in our health system.
Communications Officer HSUWA
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