One year on: the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing System

On 2 March 2021, the report into Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing System was tabled in a historic joint sitting of Parliament.

We’re only 12 months into a 10-year reform journey and already work is underway on more than 85 per cent of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

The record $3.8 billion investment in mental health in the 2021-22 State Budget was the first major step to ensuring work began immediately to make sure all Victorians get the treatment and care they need when they need it, close to home.

In this first 12 months we have:

• Started to repeal and replace the Mental Health Act 2014 with a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, with the mental health sector and members of the public providing their views.

• Passed legislation to establish the Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

• Released a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024 to grow the mental health workforce delivering more than 350 positions, with thousands more on the way

• Started work to establish six new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services in Frankston, Whittlesea, Brimbank, Geelong, Benalla and Latrobe Valley which will open late 2022.

• Completed the state-wide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service from 12 to 21 Victorian locations.

• Begun work on the new state-wide Child and Family Centre in Mcleod which will allow children up to 11 years of age to receive care in a safe and supportive residential setting with their family.

 

We will continue to deliver on every single recommendation so that no Victorian misses out on the care they need.

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