MH-Smile: Better Mental Health through Screening and Monitoring physical health, brief Intervention and health Literacy Education


MH-SMILE is a 12 month program to improve physical health outcomes in people with a mental health concern/illness, living in the Cockburn region of Western Australia (WA).

The program sims to reduce the physical health disparity between this group and the general population.  The areas specifically targeted are to improve dietary intake and physical activity levels, lower diabetes, cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory disease risks, reduce alcohol and other drug use and improve oral health and sexual health.

Clients who meet the following criteria may be referred to the MH-SMILE 12 month structured program free of chart:

  • Aged 16 years and over
  • Live in the Cockburn region of WA
  • Have an identified mental health concern/illness
  • Willing to attend screening for mental health and physical health issues at Cockburn Wellbeing and four follow-up health assessments.

MH-SMILE is provided through Cockburn Wellbeing, situated at Cockburn Integrated Health, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success, WA 6164.

If you have a client you would like to refer to MH-SMILE please email

Invitation to Presentation by Dr Mathew Coleman, Consultant Psychiatrist: Findings- Specialist Smoking Cessation Clinic

Australians with mental illness have higher smoking rates than the general population and they are more likely to die as a consequence of smoking than from their psychiatric condition.   Smoking cessation programs are needed, but do they work in mental health facilities?  Is there an effective, evidence-based clinical model that can be applied in Australian mental health settings?

The Chief Psychiatrist invites you to hear Dr Mathew Coleman, Consultant Psychiatrist, present the findings from the specialist smoking cessation clinic recently trialled in the Great Southern Mental Health Service.

3:30pm Thursday 10 January 2019
Kambarang Room
Level 1, 1 Nash St Perth

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation will be officially launched today by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt.

Exploring variation in care is one way of identifying whether people in different parts of Australia are being offered appropriate care – that is, care that optimises benefits and minimises harms, and is based on the best available evidence.

Among the findings in the 2018 Atlas is the observation that more work is needed to ensure appropriate prescribing of antipsychotics and medications for ADHD. A discussion of this information can be found in Chapter 5.  Of particular interest are the recommendations for prescribing antipsychotic medication to people aged 65 years and over.

The 2018 Atlas is available on the website of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

Policy for Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist 2018

The Mental Health Act (MHA) 2014 section 526 requires mental health services to report notifiable incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist when they occur in respect to a person under MHA section 524.  The ‘Policy for Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist’ (Policy) sets out the parameters for reporting to the Chief Psychiatrist.

A Review of the current Policy (2015) was undertaken earlier this year, involving wide consultation with public and private mental health services and the Department of Health Patient Safety and Surveillance Unit and Mental Health Unit.  The Policy 2018 will replace the Policy 2015 that resides within the Department of Health’s Mental Health Policy Framework.

The Policy 2018 aims to provide more clarity on the processes for reporting notifiable incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist.

The Chief Psychiatrist would like to thank staff who provided feedback for the Review of the Policy 2015.  Your input was instrumental in the revision of the Policy 2015.  The Policy 2018 is due to be reviewed as soon as practicable following 30 November 2021.

Policy for Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist – Public Health Services 2018

For more information, please see our page – Reporting Notifiable Incidents – Public Health Services

Chief Psychiatrist’s Annual Report 2017-2018

The annual report of the Chief Psychiatrist for Western Australia is now available on our website (see Publications page).

The report highlights the activities of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in ensuring safe high quality mental health services for the past financial year and his areas of focus for the forthcoming year. The report was tabled in the Western Australian Parliament on Tuesday 11 September 2018 by the Hon Roger Cook, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

COMMUNIQUÉ: Recommendations from the National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability 2018 – just released

Individuals with intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and their families, report significant barriers to mental health care in Western Australia.  Recent evidence from NSW identifies that individuals with intellectual disability account for 1% of the general population, but account for 13% of the costs of mental health services. I commend to Health Service Provider leadership both this recent National Roundtable Communiqué and the Western Australian Core Capability Framework for the mental health clinical workforce.

COMMUNIQUÉ – Recommendations from the National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability 2018

A Core Capability Framework – for working with people with intellectual disability and co occurring mental health issues

Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness

The 2.4 million people who care for those with a mental illness, and those who work with these carers, have been, to a large extent, the unsung heroes in mental health in this country. They will remain the bedrock of the system.This Guide recognises carers are a crucial component of any partnership approach to service delivery. It has been developed to assist staff across service settings in Australia in recognition and support of carers, to enable them to continue in their role as partners in recovery.

To view the Practical Guide click here

A pilot project of the implementation of the Practical Guide for Workings with  Carers of People with a Mental Illness in inpatient and community services  was conducted. The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of using the Practical Guide as a tool to make improvements in staff communication with carers of people with mental health issues. Further strategies are suggested that would assist the services to continue to build carer engagement.

To  view the Evaluation Report  click here

Western Australia Branch Symposium 2018 Mental Health Nursing

Joining the Dots. Integration through Collaboration and Coproduction.

When: Friday 27 July 2018

Where: Bentley Technology Park, Bentley

WA Registrations are Open

The Western Australia Branch of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses are hosting a one day Symposium on Friday 27 July 2018. The event will give members and other attendees the opportunity to share and showcase some of the innovative practices and research occurring in Western Australia.

For more information Click here


Dr Nathan Gibson, Chief Psychiatrist, cordially invites all WA psychiatrists, psychiatric registrars and mental health medical officers to the Chief Psychiatrist’s Forum.

The Forum is an opportunity to bring together a group of peers to network and discuss matters of clinical importance to psychiatrists, psychiatric registrars and medical officers working across the breadth of mental health.

Clinical leadership, role and pressure will be key discussion points.

Date:          Thursday 18 October 2018

Time:          09:00 am – 11:00 am


If you are unable to attend, the Chief Psychiatrist will offer  a videoconference discussion forum on Thursday 25 October 2018 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

RSVP               11 October 2018

Email:     or Tel: 08 6553 0000