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What is Mental Health Reform Victoria?
In its interim report, the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System recommended the Victorian Government establish a new administrative office to lead implementation of its recommendations. This new administrative office is Mental Health Reform Victoria (MHRV).
The MHRV will operate for 2 years to implement the Commission's recommendations.
The Chief Executive Officer of MHRV, Pamela Anders, reports directly to the Minister for Mental Health.
The office is located within the Department of Health and Human Services.
What is the role of MHRV?
MHRV's role is to:
- implement 7 of the 9 recommendations made by the Commission in its interim report
- employ and commission people with specialist skills and diverse expertise, including people with lived experience
- work closely with the Royal Commission to ensure implementation of the recommendations stay true to the original vision and intent.
In the initial months MHRV will focus on:
- stakeholder engagement
- implementation planning
- building the organisation.
What are the 7 recommendations MHRV will be implementing?
The 7 recommendations are:
- The creation of a Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing to bring together different skills and expertise to drive better mental health outcomes for all Victorians.
- An additional 170 youth and adult acute mental health beds to help ease critical pressures in areas of need.
- Expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal after Engagement (HOPE) program into all area mental health services and linked to sub-regional health services as well as a new assertive outreach and follow up care service for children and young people, to increase the availability of support and outreach for Victorians at risk of suicide.
- The creation of an Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre and expansion of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing teams across the state.
- Establishing Victoria’s first residential mental health service, as an alternative to an acute admission, designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness.
- Expanding and supporting consumer and family-carer lived experience workforces.
- Addressing workforce shortages and preparing for reform including through the provision of more training and recruitment pathways to boost the number of graduate nurses and allied health professionals in public mental health services.
Recommendation 8, to adopt a new approach to mental health investment, is being led by the Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Recommendation 9, to establish a new administrative office, has been achieved with the establishment of MHRV.
For more information, see the Mental Health Reform Victoria questions and answers (Word).