With the WA State Election to be held on March 11 this year, a number of organisations and peak bodies are taking the opportunity to inform politicians of the public health investments and commitments that are needed across the state.
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) has released an election platform identifying six priority asks (http://www.phaiwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/PHAIWA-2017-WA-Election-Platform1.pdf).
PHAIWA has asked for more help for local governments in developing and implementing public health plans, and called for the State Government to release the State Public Health Plan as a matter of urgency.
PHAIWA has also called for a state-wide referral pathway to be developed and implemented for anyone affected by road trauma in Western Australia. Road crashes can be associated with significant psychological distress and the referral pathway would seek to ensure that those impacted by road crash receive appropriate post-crash counselling support. Road Trauma Support WA provides free counselling services to people affected by road trauma, and a referral pathway could help more people to become aware of the service, when they need it.
PHAIWA has also recognised the need for continued support for prevention activities, including supporting Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers and prevention programs for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Election platforms have been released by a number of other community organisations and coalitions, including:
- WA Peaks, What if it was me? campaign: https://dropin.org.au/display/WSE2/The+Change+We+Need
- The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH): https://waamh.org.au/assets/documents/systemic-advocacy/submissions-and-briefs/pbs-and-election-platform-v04-final.pdf
- WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA): http://www.wanada.org.au/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&alias=76-wanada-call-for-commitment-2017-state-election&category_slug=advocacy-and-campaigns&Itemid=265
- WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition: http://mcaay.org.au/assets/publications/wa-alcohol-and-youth-action-coalition-2017-election-platform.pdf