Stakeholders have joined the first day of a symposium for the new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Mental health systems innovation

The online symposium hosted by Mental Health Reform Victoria is the first major stakeholder engagement to explore the vision and objectives for the Collaborative Centre.

The interim report of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System recommended the establishment of a Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The recent Victorian State Budget included $2.2 million to start design work for the Centre.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health James Merlino opened the symposium. He told participants the Collaborative Centre will be the first of its kind in Australia.

Local and international experts shared their experiences of establishing similar centres.

They focused on the importance of lived experience perspectives in the design and delivery of the new Collaborative Centre.

Mental Health Reform Victoria Chief Executive Officer Pam Anders said the aim of the symposium is to create a shared vision for the Centre.

"The changes to the system that we all desire are only possible with collective effort," Ms Anders said.

"This symposium gives stakeholders a chance to share their ideas for this new world class entity."

The symposium concludes tomorrow.