The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health.
The Royal Commission is tasked with providing a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best reform the current mental health system and support Victorians with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide.
There will be several opportunities to share your experience and ideas on how to improve the mental health system in Victoria.
In December, all Victorians were invited to submit their thoughts on the themes of the Royal Commission via an online portal, with feedback to be collated and used to inform the official Terms of Reference.
Topics expected to be covered include prevention and early intervention, accessibility and navigation of the system, integration with alcohol and other drug services, and community, acute and forensic mental health.
Consultation with key stakeholders on the Terms of Reference has already started, with a series of targeted stakeholder roundtables happening throughout January 2019.
The final Terms of Reference and Commissioners will be announced shortly, before the Royal Commission commences in March 2019.
While the initial consultation is limited to the themes to be covered by the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference, Victorians will be also able to tell their stories and offer suggestions for change as part of the Royal Commission hearings and submission process once it is up and running. Blue Voices members will be kept up to date on participation activities as they arise.