Overview

The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health – the first of its kind in Australia.

We are seeking your input to develop the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health. The terms of reference will detail the Royal Commission’s task.

The Royal Commission will be tasked with providing a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best support Victorians with mental illness, including Victorians at risk of suicide. It will also play a major role in raising public awareness about mental health as an issue.

If you or a family member has immediate concerns or requires assistance, contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

How to share your views

Online survey

Help shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health by completing the survey below by 27 January 2019. You can also upload further information to support your response.

In writing

You can also provide your views by mailing submissions by 27 January 2019 to the Mental Health Royal Commission Establishment, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne Victoria 3002

Please note

There will be several opportunities to share your experience and ideas on how to improve the mental health system in Victoria.

Once established, the Royal Commission is expected to release information on how the inquiry will be conducted, including how the community can contribute to the Royal Commission’s work. The Royal Commission may gather information from individuals and organisations through a variety of forums. This may include written submissions, community consultations and hearings.

Survey

Please drag from the left column to the right column to rank in order of priority.

  1. Prevention and early intervention #
  2. Social isolation, depression, anxiety and trauma #
  3. Accessibility and navigating the mental health system #
  4. Integration between Alcohol and Other Drugs and mental health services #
  5. Community mental health services #
  6. Acute mental health services (mental health assessment and treatment both in hospital and in the community) #
  7. Forensic mental health services (mental health assessment and treatment for people in contact with the criminal justice system) #
  8. Preventing suicide #
  9. Workforce development and retention #
  10. Deliverable reform to improve outcomes for people living with a mental illness #
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4. What best describes your interest in the Royal Commission into Mental Health? Required
5. Have you (or someone close to you, such as a family member) accessed mental health services in Victoria over the past five years?
6. What age bracket do you fall into? Required
8. What is your gender?
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9. Do you identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander?

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Next steps

Your feedback will be used to guide the development of the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

The Victorian Government will announce the terms of reference and the names of the Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Mental Health in February 2019.

The Royal Commission into Mental Health will provide recommendations to the Victorian Government within two years of commencement. The Victorian Government is committed to implementing every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

Roundtables with stakeholders

The Victorian Government has also invited key mental health stakeholders to participate in targeted roundtables throughout January 2019.

These roundtables will provide an opportunity for these stakeholders to contribute to the development of the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health.