In 2011, Midland Women’s Health Care Place Inc (MWHCP) received a Mental Health Capacity Building Grant from the Western Australian Mental Health Commission. The project aims were:
- To assist in the measurement of the Access program for women experiencing chronic long term mental health difficulties either living in local psychiatric hostels or using mental health rehabilitation services in the local area
- To hear the voice of a marginalised group of women and be informed about the services and activities they would like to access.
The brief identified a focus group as the methodology for carrying out the project. Project outputs were identified as a strategic report for the Board and a final report for community dissemination through local and regional networks such as the Eastern Region Mental Health Agencies network, the newly established Mental Health Professionals Network and the MWHCP website.
The project recognises that Women’s Health Centres in Western Australia are key providers in the delivery of mental health services and the importance of working towards the development of a best practice model of service delivery.
Jill Cameron and Associates were contracted to undertake the project.