National Initiatives & Activities Scan
An invitation to share your efforts and successes with us, big or small; we want to hear about it.
The WA Department of Health is partnering with Equally Well to undertake an Initiatives and Activities Scan of all the work in WA to improve the physical health of people with a lived experience of mental health issues – your efforts, successes, ideas and works in progress. This information will paint a collective picture of what is currently happening in the state.
If you would like to contact the WA Department of Health about the Activities Scan, please email Rikki Ismail, Senior Program Officer, Mental Health Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Equally Well is invested in supporting our partners, exploring and recognising their great activities and initiatives in this space and elevating this work through promotion, advocacy and connections that seek to spread best practice programs at both State and National levels.’
How will the information from the scan be used?
The WA Department of Health will use the scan to:
1. Identify needs and gaps in WA for improving the physical health of people with mental health issues.
2. Recommend priorities for expanding existing initiatives and/or initiating new work in WA for improving the physical health of people with mental health issues.
The scan will contribute to Equally Well’s continuing work by identifying, sharing, and facilitating learning from a diversity of approaches to enhance how we can all work together towards improving the physical health of people with mental health issues. The scan also allows the Equally Well project team to reach out, strengthen existing relationships, build connections and (with your consent) showcase your work.
Previous scans completed by Equally Well in 2018 and 2019, showcased 380 actions underway and 152 planned across the lifespan, focusing on a range of areas, including physical health screening and treatment, medication and side effects, physical activity, social and community engagement and advocacy. These actions were driven and supported by committed peer workers, lived experience consultants, health professionals, researchers, project/policy officers and executive leadership.
How will the information about my project be shared?
How to take part in the Initiatives and Activities Scan?
You can complete the online survey yourself. If you would like assistance or have any questions about the scan you can contact Equally Well via email email@example.com. Alternatively you can contact the WA Department of Health by emailing Rikki Ismail, Senior Program Officer, Mental Health Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We suggest you choose a time where you can be (relatively) distraction free for a little while. It may be helpful to pull together any information on your recent, current and planned activities/initiatives relating to physical health prior to starting the survey. To assist you with this, the document attached/below summarises the questions in the scan.
After completing a set of questions about one of your activities, you will be asked to repeat this same set of questions for the other physical health initiatives that you have recently undertaken or will be undertaking.
If you have multiple related initiatives, activities and/or programs (e.g. a suite of policies or resources, or inter-related programs) you can report these altogether under one activity. In these circumstances, there is no need for you to create separate entries.
If you have questions before starting, please contact Equally Well via email: email@example.com.
If you would like to contact the WA Department of Health about the scan, please email Rikki Ismail, Senior Program Officer, Mental Health Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.