Passage of the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2021 is a significant milestone for the government’s reform agenda.
It means the government can begin recruitment of the independent board that will build the foundations for the Collaborative Centre.
Uniquely, the legislation provides for representation of people with consumer and carer lived experiences on the skills-based board and an innovative co-director model of executive leadership.
The board will drive the selection of key delivery clinical and academic partners and continue planning to establish other Collaborative Centre related Royal Commission recommendations. This includes the Statewide Trauma Service and a new workforce capability function.
An Expression of Interest process will open soon for board appointments, so the board can be established early in 2022.
The Collaborative Centre will sit at the core of our reformed mental health and wellbeing system and serve as the ‘engine room’ for sector change and workforce excellence.
The purpose-built facility will bring together people with lived experience, researchers and clinicians to establish best practice in adult and older adult mental health and wellbeing services, including conducting research and sharing knowledge.