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.
April 14, 2022 - Parliament
I was going to begin with a text for today, but I really cannot let the member for Gembrook get too far away there. I just want to talk about elephants briefly—it is the concept of the elephant in the room. When I hear this...
April 4, 2022 - Parliament
Watch my speech on the Gambling and Liquor Legislation Amendment Bill below.
March 18, 2022 - Parliament
As a former officer in the RAAF, I was especially delighted to be given the honour of representing the government at the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. It was a timely reminder that many Australians have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our...
November 29, 2021 - Parliament
Adapted from John Kennedy’s Speech to the Legislative Assembly on 17 November 2021 The Attorney-General’s question and answer document states: ‘We will better balance the right to equality with the right to religious freedom, ensuring protection and promotion of both rights.’ There are colleagues better...
November 1, 2021 - Parliament
Last week, the Public Health and Wellbeing (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 passed in the Assembly after being the source of both public and parliamentary debate. Personally, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better contribution about both the bill and the nature...
October 18, 2021 - Parliament
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August 3, 2021 - Parliament
My question is for the Minister for Education and is regarding the proposed VCAL reforms. The integration of VCAL into the VCE follows a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. I was pleased to chair the expert reference group for...