The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has been tabled in a special sitting of parliament.

The Report contains 65 new recommendations to transform the state’s mental health system. 

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations. 

Premier Daniel Andrews described the Report as a once in a generation opportunity to rebuild the mental health system ‘from the ground up.’ 

The Report outlines changes to create a mental health and wellbeing system that provides treatment, care and support for all Victorians. 

It reinforces that people with lived experience will be central to the planning and delivery of mental health treatment, care and support services. 

The reforms shift the focal point of the system away from emergency departments and hospitals to community-based services.  

The recommendations are across sectors including housing, education, workplaces and sport.

A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will be established to oversee the implementation of the reforms. 

Mental Health Reform Victoria (MHRV) is responsible for implementing the Royal Commission’s interim recommendations.

Work on urgent reforms outlined in the Royal Commission’s interim report include:

  • A further 179 new youth and adult mental health beds earmarked for the north west of Melbourne and the Barwon region.  
  • The youth Hospital in the Home program, delivered by Orygen, which is already supporting young people.
  • Expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program to all area mental health services across Victoria. The most recent service opened in Shepparton to support people in the Goulburn Valley.  
  • More graduate mental health nurse positions and junior medical officer (JMO) psychiatry rotations across metropolitan, regional and rural areas.
  • A new partnership and statement of intent between Mental Health Reform Victoria and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). The agreement places Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing at the centre of care and guides the expansion of Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing teams across Victoria.
  • Stakeholder engagement activities including an e-symposium to help shape the future design and work of a new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

You can read the Final Report on the Royal Commission’s website.
A selection of Fact Sheets on the key themes is also available.