Response to the findings of the Royal Commission in to Mental Health

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Eastern Health, along with Victorian community more broadly, welcome the release of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

This is a truly historic moment, following two years of consultation and analysis; 12,500 contributions from Victoria and beyond; and 3,000 submissions and personal accounts of a constrained system which, by all accounts, is said to have failed many.

Through the Report, the Commission has advocated for major transformational change, and has put forward a plan to rebuild the Victorian mental health system from the ground up.

The Final Report contains some 65 recommendations, in addition to the nine recommendations outlined in the Interim Report, and puts consumers, carers and their families at the focus of implementations.

It is, by all accounts, an ambitious plan and one which aims to develop a system that responds by asking simply, “how can we help?”

Some of the key highlights announced include:

  • Repealing of the current Mental Health Act to replace it with a Mental Health and Wellbeing Act
  • Implementation of an independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
  • Improvements in service provision in perinatal, child and youth services
  • New community wellbeing services for adults and aged persons
  • Enhanced integration between the Mental Health and AOD sector
  • Introduction of two healing centres to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Development of a peer-led service to support the needs of diverse communities, including LGBTIQA+ communities
  • A major overhaul of the current catchment-based service delivery model, and
  • Significant improvements in crisis and Emergency Department responses.

You can access the Final Report, associated Fact Sheets (which contain detailed information about each recommendation) and some of the personal stories shared with the Commission by visiting www.rcvmhs.gov.au .

If you require support, we encourage you to utilise the support services available and these include:

  • Counselling Online (Vic) – 1800 888 236
  • Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14 - 24/7 Crisis Support