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Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan

Publishing organisation: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Year of publication: 2015

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The DHHS undertook broad consultation during the development stages of the 10-year mental health plan. This included public forums, attending the College’s Victorian Clinical Directors meeting, and taking written submissions.

The College made a detailed response to the DHHS, outlining priorities for the future of the mental health sector in Victoria. Amongst the Victorian Branch Committee’s recommendations were:

  • that mental health should be funded at parity with physical health
  • funding allocation should be transparent
  • funding should support the meaningful integration of state and federal systems
  • health records should enable more effective information sharing, particularly when family violence is present
  • the capacity of consultation-liaison psychiatry services should be increased.

The final 10-year mental health plan released by the DHHS does not directly address the College’s recommendations, but rather commits to four broad areas of reform:

  • improved mental health and wellbeing
  • mental health promotion for all ages
  • consumers have access to choice and participation in the community
  • mental health service system is accessible, flexible and responsive.

In April 2016 the DHHS announced its Mental Health Expert Taskforce, appointed to guide the implementation of the plan. Several College Fellows are members of the taskforce.