The Victorian Government has established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first of its kind in Australia.
During December and January, Victorians were invited to provide input on the Terms of Reference to help inform the focus areas for the inquiry. The feedback provided by the community on what is most important to them was carefully reviewed and considered by government in shaping the final terms of reference.
More than 8000 community contributions were received, demonstrating the importance of this inquiry to the Victorian community. More than 80 per cent of those who contributed said they, or someone close to them, had accessed mental health services in Victoria within the past five years.
Victorians who shared their views in the consultations see the Royal Commission as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a positive vision for the future of mental health services.
They asked for the Royal Commission to investigate ways to prevent mental illness and intervene earlier, to provide better access to high-quality and safe mental health services for people who need them, and to connect mental health services with other health and social services. They also recognised the importance of the Royal Commission hearing the stories of people with a lived experience of mental illness, their family members and carers.
This is just the start of the journey. There will be more opportunities to share your experience and ideas on how to improve the mental health system in Victoria as part of the Royal Commission.
In coming months, the Royal Commission is expected to release information on how the inquiry will be conducted, including how the community can contribute to the Royal Commission’s work. To receive notifications on when and how you can contribute to the Royal Commission, please enter your email in the 'Stay updated' section on this page.
The Royal Commission will provide recommendations to the Victorian Government by October 2020. The Victorian Government has already committed to implementing every recommendation from the Royal Commission.