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HON Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Biography

Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA

For The Honourable Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Andrea was elected to the 38th Parliament for the seat of Kingsley in September 2008 and re-elected in 2013.

In 2013, Andrea was appointed to the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services and Child Protection and on 31 March, 2016 was sworn in as the Minister for Mental Health and Child Protection.

In Parliament, Andrea has chaired the Joint Standing Committee for the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Economics and Industry Standing Committee, and was also an Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Andrea brings to her role as Minister Mental Health and Child Protection a depth of knowledge and understanding of not only the complexities and challenges of the portfolios but also the potential and capacity they have to improve the lives of some of the State’s most vulnerable people.

As the Minister for Mental Health Andrea’s priorities are to implement the reforms detailed in the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 and to reshape the delivery of services to Western Australians with mental health, alcohol and other drug problems. This will deliver to a modern, efficient and responsive mental health care system that will focus on early intervention treatment within a community setting and reducing drug and alcohol-related harm to West Australians.

As minister for Child Protection Andrea will prioritise the strengthening of WA’s response to family and domestic violence, improving outcomes for children in care and reducing the rate of homelessness.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Andrea had a professional career in education, and sport and recreation, including Manager Consultancy and Manager Regional Services, Department of Sport and Recreation.

Andrea has held many voluntary roles, particularly through the sport of tennis at state, national and international levels and was previously a director of the Hopman Cup, Western Australia’s premier International tennis event.

Andrea’s electorate of Kingsley is located in the North Metropolitan Region within the City of Joondalup and part of Wanneroo; including all of the localities of Greenwood, Kingsley, Woodvale; and Warwick.

(As at 27-May-2016)