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Tel.: +61 (0)3 9601 4924
Fax: +61 (0)3 9600 4281
Postal address
RANZCP Victoria Branch
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is a once in a lifetime opportunity to design a mental health system which meets the needs of Victorians in the 21st century. It is the RANZCP Victorian Branch’s number one priority.

Latest updates on the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

Victorian Branch 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission

The Victorian Branch 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission [PDF; 200 KB] has been released.

In its submission highlighting priority areas for the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget, the RANZCP Victorian Branch has advocated for the Victorian Government to:

  1. Address the psychiatry workforce shortage and improve the training pipeline
  2. Fund more inpatient beds to meet demand
  3. Establish outpatient centres for mental health
  4. Provide increased services in the Community
  5. Integrate Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Services to provide better continuity of care
  6. Increase services to address demographic change.

Enabling supported decision-making

.Enabling supported decision making [PDF; 181 KB]

The RANZCP Vic Branch has published this position paper to educate and inform its members, consumers and their families, and other clinicians about the principles of supported decision-making.

The supported decision-making model was introduced in the Mental Health Act 2014 (Victoria) for people living with mental illness and who are subject to compulsory assessment and treatment. This paper was developed by the RANZCP Vic Branch Enabling Supported Decision-Making Subcommittee which comprised consumers and clinicians, using a co-production methodology which mirrors the principles of supported decision-making.

.A poster report [PDF; 464 KB] has been produced summarising the project’s outcomes.

. E-learning module Supported Decision Making [opens in new window].

Find out more on the Community Engagement page.

Victorian psychiatry workforce
Victorian psychiatry workforce infographic

The Branch was approached by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2015 to undertake a project to contribute to psychiatry workforce planning and development for Victoria’s public mental health sector.

The Victorian Branch have produced this infographic based on the findings of the project. The Branch is working with DHHS to progress these recommendations and to highlight the challenges besetting the psychiatry workforce.

The final report outlines the methods and findings from an extensive review of literature and data sources, together with more than 40 key informant interviews with psychiatrists working across Victoria.

View the full report below.

.Victorian Psychiatry Workforce Report [PDF; 2 MB]

For more information about the project, please contact

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