The Victorian Government is establishing up to 60 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) across Victoria. This is one of the flagship reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (Royal Commission).

The new network of Local Services will be an important part of Victoria’s reformed mental health system. They will provide an easy way to get treatment and support for people age 26 years and over experiencing mental illness or psychological distress, and those who may also have issues with alcohol and other drug use.  

The first six Local Services will open by the end of 2022 in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea. By the end of 2026, we plan to set up services for all Victorians. This will mean Victorians will get the support they need sooner, while staying in their community, close to their families, carers and supporters.

Consultation and engagement

The Royal Commission’s Final Report described how the new Local Services will provide clinical and wellbeing mental health supports that respond to individuals’ needs. However, a critical part of establishing Local Services is understanding how people with lived experience and their families, carers and supporters want to experience Local Services.

People working in mental health, alcohol and other drug services, other health and related services and the broader community also have valuable insights to contribute to the design process.

As part of Phase 1 for the first six Local Services, a number of consultation and engagement activities were conducted including a public consultation survey, interviews and focus groups.

This included the opportunity to provide feedback about the key features of the new service stream through the Engage Victoria website.

Phase 2 place-based consultations in the first six Local Service locations are due to start later this year. Further details about this will be made available later this year.

Recent events

Overview: Mental Health and Wellbeing Reform – 2 September 2021

On Thursday 2 September, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division hosted the online event Overview: Mental Health and Wellbeing Reform.  

This live online presentation provided an update on key mental health and wellbeing reform activities following the Final Report of the Royal Commission.  More than 170 stakeholders from non-government organisations and community health services attended the event.

You can access an audio recording of the event and transcript.

Visit Overview: Mental Health and Wellbeing Reform presentation page to download a copy of the presentation slides.

A document with responses to all questions submitted during the Q&A will be available shortly.

For any questions regarding Local Services please contact mentalhealth@health.vic.gov.au.