The Statement of Intent outlines how VACCHO and MHRV will work together to ensure Victoria’s mental health system reflects the needs, knowledge and strengths of Aboriginal Victorians.
Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing

Mental Health Reform Victoria (MHRV) is partnering with the Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to deliver the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

VACCHO is the leading peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria. The organisation draws on and celebrates the strength of Aboriginal cultures and identities to help build healthy, thriving communities.

The VACCHO-MHRV Statement of Intent outlines how the two organisations will work together to ensure that Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing are at the centre of reform. It outlines a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination, open communication and mutual respect. It also details how VACCHO and MHRV will create a culturally safe space for Aboriginal people with lived experience of the mental health system to safely contribute.

VACCHO and MHRV will co-design and deliver three key initiatives recommended in the Royal Commission’s interim report:

  • Expanding Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing teams throughout Victoria
  • Creating new scholarships for Aboriginal mental health workers
  • Establishing an Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre.

Find out more about how VACCHO and MHRV are delivering on the recommendations from the Royal Commission.