Key messages

  • Victoria’s mental health services annual report 2015-16 is a useful tool for health services, staff, advocates, carers, consumers and the broader community to better understand the Victorian public mental health system and the services available for people with a mental illness.
  • The report provides an up-to-date overview of Victoria’s mental health system, and includes data on various aspects of our services and system.
  • It contributes to community understanding of, and discussion about Victoria’s public mental health system and services, and the experiences of people with mental illness, their families and carers.  

Victoria’s mental health services annual report 2015-16 was tabled in parliament in November 2016.

This is the first time comprehensive information about Victoria’s public mental health system has been compiled in a single resource.

The report shows how services are improving and expanding to meet growing demand and diversity, but also highlights where more needs to be done.

It includes powerful personal stories of recovery, highlights innovative ways services are improving and expanding, and describes how changes introduced through the Mental Health Act 2014 are making a difference for people with a mental illness.

Annual reporting will hold government to account for making progress in mental health, including the implementation of Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan and improving outcomes for all Victorians.

The Department of Health & Human Services is working to improve the data it collects and includes in this report, so that we can better understand the impact of mental health services.

A summary is also available.