Housing on the agenda at 2019 WAAMH Conference

23 Oct 2019

Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson will join staff from Rise, Pathways South West, Foundation Housing and UnitingCare West to discuss the Supportive Landlord concept on stage at the WA Mental Health Conference 2019.

“In the context of contemporary conversations about best practice approaches to housing people with mental health and alcohol and drug issues, it is argued that Supportive Landlords play an important circuit breaker role for people who are disengaged from support services in order for them to remain housed,” Alison said.

“I look forward to presenting on the Supportive Landlord model with staff from other housing providers who participate in the Mental Health Commission-funded Independent Living Program.”

The presentation will seek to clarify the kinds of services a Supportive Landlord provides as part of a ‘Person-Centred Support Linked to Housing’ approach, which aims to provide access to housing and to help sustain tenancies. It will also examine some of the issues experienced in delivering this approach as identified by existing Independent Living Program providers.

The presentation will also propose how a Supportive Landlord service could be reformulated in the context of the five key focus areas identified in the Draft Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy (2018-2025) to improve its scope, responsiveness, flexibility and ability to target those who need it most.

The WA Mental Health Conference 2019 will be hosted by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with the support of the WA Mental Health Commission. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Perth on 19 – 20 November.

The conference aims to develop, strengthen and support WA’s mental health sector, provide collaboration opportunities for mental health workers and people with lived experience and share resources, perspectives and best practice so people can move forward in the same direction with clear actions and solutions in mind.

For more information about the conference, please click here.