For the past four years the Health and Mental Health portfolios have been held by the one Minister, who is also Deputy Premier. Roger Cook is a kind and compassionate person and a very busy Minister. There were some who saw this combination as having the potential to transform mental health services in a way that met the objectives of the Plan and for achieving a much-needed integration. Unfortunately, the Health portfolio is so gargantuan it dominates. Hence, the WAAMH Prevent Support Heal campaign has taken on such importance. The significance of having a separate voice in Cabinet to articulate the needs and arguments for mental health services has become very clear. Many hope to see the portfolios separated once again by the incoming government after the March 13 election.
The Election 2021 Scorecard below was produced by WAAMH.