Delivering a Healthy WA
WA Centre for Mental Health Policy Research

Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services (SSAMHS) Evaluation 2011 - 2014

The Mental Health Commission is funding the establishment of a dedicated state-wide Aboriginal mental health service providing comprehensive treatment for Aboriginal people with a serious mental illness. The Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services (SSAMHS) will operate with cultural integrity and provide a ‘whole of family’ approach to service delivery regardless of location within Western Australia. This service will support Aboriginal people to access mainstream mental health services and increase the capacity of these services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

The WA Centre for Mental Health Policy Research is evaluating SSAMHS in three stages:

Stage 1 – Project Initiation
A detailed evaluation methodology and implementation plan will be developed. The SSAMHS Technical Advisory Group will be established, comprising people with expertise in the areas of Aboriginal culture and research.

Stage 2 - Mid-term Review
This review will be a process evaluation focusing on how the program was implemented and how it operates. The review aims to identify success factors and constraints and will assess the extent to which the program is meeting its intended objectives in the key areas of workforce, model design, partnerships and services. Feedback will be provided to the SSAMHS Implementation Group to ensure the program is operating optimally.

Stage 3 - Final Evaluation
This will be an in depth evaluation of quantitative and qualitative outcomes for consumers, their families, communities and for Aboriginal mental health workers, mainstream mental health services and partner organisations across the key areas of workforce, model design, partnerships and services.