In November 2015 the government launched Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan to guide investment and drive better mental health outcomes for Victorians.

More than 1000 Victorians were involved in development of the plan, including people with a mental illness, their families and carers, service providers, clinicians, workers, experts and community members. 

Recognising that nearly half of all Victorians (45 per cent) will experience mental illness in their lifetime, the plan focuses on greater efforts in prevention, and providing better integrated services and support for the most vulnerable people in the community. 

The plan also outlines the government’s approach to work directly with people with a mental illness, their families and carers to co-produce and improve services. It is a long term plan that sets the mental health agenda for the next decade, not a set of one-off actions. 

Download Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan.

Priorities

The focus for the first year of the plan's implementation is building strong foundations through the development of performance indicators and measures.

The Victorian Government has delivered the Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025 and the Mental health workforce strategy.

The government is also working in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and others from Aboriginal communities to develop the Aboriginal social and emotional well-being framework.

Download the Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025.

Download a summary of the Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025.

Download the Mental health workforce strategy.

Mental Health Expert Taskforce 

An expert taskforce appointed by the Minister for Mental Health provides guidance and advice on the implementation of Victoria's 10-year mental health plan, reflecting the Victorian Government's ongoing commitment to work with the mental health sector and people affected by mental illness to achieve better outcomes for all Victorians.

The taskforce is chaired by Steve Dimopoulos MP, Member for Oakleigh, and encompasses significant experience and expertise amongst its members:

  • Brenda Appleton, Co-Chair, LGBTI Taskforce; Chair, Transgender Victoria
  • Dr Ravi Bhat, Director, Goulburn Valley Mental Health Service
  • Julie Dempsey, Consumer Consultant, Forensicare; Chair, Women's Mental Health Network Committee of Management
  • Dr Paul Denborough, Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Alfred Health
  • Vrinda Edan, Chair, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Jill Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, beyondblue
  • Kim Koop, Chief Executive Officer, VICSERV
  • Professor Dan Lubman, Director, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre; Professor of Addiction Studies and Services, Monash University
  • Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen
  • Chris McNamara, Chief Executive Officer, SNAP Gippsland
  • Lyn Morgain, Chief Executive Officer, CoHealth
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital; Honorary Professor of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
  • Marie Piu, Chief Executive Officer, Tandem
  • Michelle Swann, Carer Advisor, North Western Mental Health
  • Jason Trethowan, Chief Executive Officer, Western Primary Health Network
  • Associate Professor Ruth Vine, Executive Director, North Western Mental Health

Reference groups 

Four reference groups provide advice directly to government and support the work of the Mental Health Expert Taskforce. The reference groups are:

  • workforce (industrial and peak bodies, educators, managers, peer workforce representatives)
  • lived experience leadership (consumers and carers)
  • innovation (including academics, researchers, clinical leaders, consumer and carer academics)
  • Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing and mental health (Aboriginal consumers and carers, community controlled health and community service providers, other leaders from the Aboriginal community).

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Health and Human Services working group, established under the LGBTI Taskforce, provides advice to me and the Government on supporting the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of LGBTI people.

Mental health annual report

The Victorian Government has committed to deliver a Mental Health Annual Report, through which it will be accountable for its efforts. The first annual report will be delivered later this year and tabled in parliament.