RANZCP welcomes extension for Mental Health and Wellbeing Act consultation

23 June 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to extend the consultation period for the review of the Mental Health Act.

Chair of the RANZCP Victorian Branch, Dr Astha Tomar, said that the extension brought relief to many stakeholders who strongly believed that the original three-week period was not long enough for such an important piece of legislation.

‘One of the 65 recommendations, from Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, was to replace the current Mental Health Act 2014 with a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act’, explained Dr Tomar.

‘Reviewing this legislation is a big thing to do and we were concerned that the consultation period was too short to allow people to provide sufficient submissions.

‘It is pleasing to see that the Victorian Government listened to its stakeholders and made the decision to give us more time.’

RANZCP President, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra, echoed the sentiment of many by supporting the extension of the consultation period.

‘We were very concerned that such a little amount of time was being given to something so important’, said Associate Professor Lakra.

‘It’s comforting to see the consultation period being extended to allow sufficient and in-depth stakeholder engagement on this issue.

‘This is a big step for mental health in Victoria and it needs to be given the consideration it deserves.’

The RANZCP Victorian Branch looks forward to continuing to work closely with the government on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, including the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

For more information and for all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 437 315 911, or email media@ranzcp.org.