Key messages

  • The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality, person-centred mental healthcare.
  • Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan was launched in November 2015, following consultation with all stakeholders.

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering informed and responsive treatment and care to anyone experiencing mental health problems or living with a mental illness.

In particular, it aims to support people whose needs or situation may prevent them from accessing appropriate services, including people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, same-sex-attracted and gender-diverse Victorians, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The Government has committed to:

  • developing a 10-year mental health plan for Victoria
  • developing a mental health workforce strategy
  • tabling in Parliament a mental health services annual report
  • investing in the worlds largest international research institute for youth mental health at Orygen in Melbourne
  • responding to the issues identified in the Aspex consulting independent review of Mental Health Community Support Services and Alcohol and Drug Treatment services
  • building on the findings of the Deloitte Access Economics, Final report: Mental Health Consumer and Carer Program review undertaken in 2014 to inform the development of our 10-year mental health plan
  • providing ongoing backing for mutual support and self-help and peer-support organisations
  • working with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) delivers support for people with a disability including those who have psychosocial disability as a result of mental reducing violence in mental health facilities through the introduction of health service reporting requirements, the auditing of mental health facilities to ensure safe, gender-sensitive and therapeutic use of physical space, and the implementation of a standard technique for physical restraint
  • retaining and developing residential aged mental health services
  • expanding the Safe Schools Program to support same-sex-attracted and gender-diverse students
  • investing in the National Centre for Farmer Health.

Victoria's 10-year mental health plan

Victoria's 10-year mental health plan sets an ambitious, long-term vision for the next decade, including better health and wellbeing, reducing the prevalence of mental illness, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with a mental illness.

The plan will ensure investment in mental health is coordinated and strategic, maximising the benefits for Victorians.

It focuses on greater efforts in prevention and providing the right response at the right time for the most vulnerable people in our community.

The plan recognises that mental health is everyone's business and it will take a whole community approach to achieve its goals.

Mental health workforce strategy

The mental health workforce strategy will support mental health workers and peer support workers to provide high-quality care, and attract and maintain a world-leading mental health workforce in Victoria.

Mental health services annual report

Each year a mental health services annual report will be tabled in Parliament, accounting for treatment numbers, waiting times, readmission rates and lengths of stay, funding levels, feedback from consumer and carer surveys, and monitoring of the Mental Health Act 2014.