To ensure that communities across the state have access to the mental health and wellbeing services and supports they need, the Victorian Government has announced the establishment of eight Interim Regional Bodies across Victoria.
A system with community at its core

The Interim Regional Bodies will be made up of people who understand the diverse mental health needs, challenges and strengths of their regions. Members will advise the Department of Health about mental health and wellbeing services and supports that will meet local needs. 

Each Interim Regional Body will consist of a Chair and five members. They will each include at least one person with lived experience of mental illness and psychological distress, and at least one person with lived experience as a family member or carer.  

Expressions of interest have now opened for the eight Chairs of the Interim Regional Bodies. 

The role of the Chairs will include engaging with people with lived experience and their carers and supporters, the local service system, community members and stakeholders.

Once appointed, Chairs will support the Department with the recruitment and appointment of the remaining five members to each interim regional body.  

The Interim Regional Bodies should reflect the rich diversity of each region, and applications from Victorians from diverse background are warmly encouraged. 

The Interim Regional Bodies are the first step in the reformed mental health and wellbeing governance and commissioning approach recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.  

Expressions of interest close on Sunday 7 November. The recruitment process is being managed by Fisher Leadership, and more information is available on the Boards Victoria website.