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One Year On: Huge Progress On Mental Health Reform

One year after the historic delivery of the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the Andrews Labor Government has made huge inroads into the landmark reform of the state’s mental health and wellbeing services, with work underway on more than 85..

Getting On With The Thomas Embling Hospital Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive expansion of the state’s forensic mental health capacity is another step closer, with a tender now open to appoint a builder for the huge redevelopment of Thomas Embling Hospital. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the Labor Government..

Backing Young LGBTIQ+ Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with young queer, transgender and gender diverse Victorians and their families, with a fast-tracked funding boost to give them better access to vital health and support services. The recent unnecessary, hurtful public debate around legal protections for young LGBTIQ+..

Expressions Of Interest Open For New Mental Health Board

The Andrews Labor Government has today opened expressions of interest for the governance board of the groundbreaking new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing – a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The purpose-built facility will be built..

More Support And Relief For Mental Health Carers

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the selfless Victorians who care for a loved one with mental illness or in psychological distress, with a funding boost for mental health carers. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the Labor Government is investing $16.8 million..

More Mental Health Services For Young Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure no young Victorian experiencing mental health concerns falls through the cracks, with a huge investment in targeted mental health outreach to provide the personalised care children and young adults need. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today visited..

Victorians Shaping The New Mental Health And Wellbeing Act

Hundreds of Victorians have had their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, which will enshrine recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System into law and help build the state’s new mental health system. The Royal Commission set out a..

Extra Mental Health Support For New Parents

New parents will soon have better access to the vital mental health support they need, with an investment from the Andrews Labor Government to expand and reform community perinatal mental health teams across the state. One in five women will experience a perinatal mental health..

New Mental Health Lived Experience Leadership

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed its first Executive Director of Lived Experience to help build Victoria’s new mental health and wellbeing system, ensuring those with experience of the mental health system are at the centre of its reform. Mary O’Hagan, an internationally recognised lived..

Supporting Victorians With Lived Mental Health Experience

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians who have been through Victoria’s mental health system, with new funding to expand the state’s peak lived experience advocacy organisation. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System called for people with lived experience of mental illness or..

Design Underway For Warrnambool Mental Health Beds

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering more mental health beds at Warrnambool Base Hospital, with designs for the important project to deliver better care to south-west Victorians now underway. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney..

Mental Health Workforce Survey To Help Drive Change

The Victorian Government is conducting a new survey to gain the valuable insights of frontline mental health workers ─ and delivering on a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. A new workforce personnel survey has been sent out today to all..

New Deal For Staff As Mental Health Reforms Begin

The Victorian Government has reached an in-principle agreement to deliver fairer pay and conditions for public sector mental health workers, who will be vital to Victoria’s unprecedented mental health system reform. The new enterprise agreement addresses recruitment and retention gaps identified by the Royal Commission..

Mental Health Support Through And Beyond The Pandemic

As lockdown ends thanks to the incredible efforts of Victorians stepping up to get vaccinated, the Victorian Government is providing more mental health support for the community as the state recovers from the pandemic. The Government’s 20 pop-up mental health services are now open and..

Work On New Local Adult Mental Health Services Underway

The Victorian Government is making sure all Victorians get the care they need sooner and closer to their families and communities, with work continuing on the development of new local adult mental health services. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the tender process..

Tailored Mental Health Support For Schools And Students

Schools will be able to pick the mental health tools that best match the needs of their students, with the Victorian Government’s Schools Mental Health Fund providing a suite of options to give students tailored support. Minister for Education James Merlino today revealed the interim..

Building The Engine Room Of Our New Mental Health System

The Victorian Government has today introduced legislation which will lay the foundations to build a new mental health facility following a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission’s interim report recommended the establishment of the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Collaborative Centre) ─ embodying a new..

Supporting Families Experiencing Anxiety

Victorian parents and carers now have free access to dedicated online programs to support children experiencing anxiety, as part of the Victorian Government’s latest mental health funding boost. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P Positive Parenting Program statewide, supporting more than..