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.

Mental Health Expert Taskforce 

An expert taskforce has been appointed to guide the implementation of Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan.

It brings together significant depth of experience and expertise and reflects the Victorian Governments ongoing commitment to work with the mental health sector, and people affected by mental illness to achieve better outcomes for all Victorians.

The taskforce will be chaired by Steve Dimopoulos, Member for Oakleigh. Members of the taskforce are: 

  • Brenda Appleton, Co-Chair of the LGBTI Taskforce and President Transgender Victoria 
  • Dr Ravi Bhat, Director Goulbourn Valley Area Mental Health Service
  • Julie Dempsey, Senior Consumer Consultant Forensicare  and Chair Women’s Mental Health Network Victoria
  • Dr Paul Denborough, Director Child and Youth Mental Health Service Alfred Health
  • 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
  • Julien McDonald, Executive Director Tandem
  • Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director Orygen
  • Chris McNamara , Chief Executive Officer SNAP Gippsland 
  • Lyn Morgain, Chief Executive cohealth
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director  Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital, Honorary Professor of Paediatrics  University of Melbourne
  • Michelle Swann, Carer Advisor North Western Mental Health
  • Jason Trethowan, Chief Executive Officer Western Victoria Primary Health Network
  • Associate Professor Ruth Vine, Executive Director NorthWestern Mental Health.

Reference groups 

Four reference groups will 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, will provide advice to me and the Government on supporting the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of LGBTI people.

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 will also build on the priorities identified in the plan in 2016 by delivering: 

  • a mental health workforce strategy
  • an Aboriginal social and emotional well-being framework
  • a whole-of-government suicide prevention framework.

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.