What the Royal Commission said

The Commission recommended the creation of a new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The Collaborative Centre will:

  • lead best practice for the inclusion of people with lived experience across the mental health system
  • conduct interdisciplinary research to guide new treatments and services
  • educate the mental health workforce through practice improvement, training and professional development programs
  • work with services and research organisations in rural and regional areas.

What are the opportunities?

The Royal Commission identified challenges with the current system. These include:

  • research does not always improve services or health outcomes for people as it should
  • research, training organisations and services could be better connected around a shared purpose and vision
  • a clear process is needed for the monitoring and improvement of programs and services
  • limited opportunity for sharing knowledge and making significant change.

What are we doing?

We are consulting with stakeholders across the mental health sector to deliver the new Collaborative Centre.

Early work involves learning from experts, including those with lived experience of mental illness.

Community consultation includes meetings, workshops and a symposium.

Better services

The new Collaborative Centre will bring together people with lived experience, researchers and health professionals to lead improvement of the mental health system.

The Collaborative Centre will provide high quality treatment, care and support.

It will place people with lived experience at the centre of service design, delivery, research and evaluation. They will lead and be employed in a range of the centre's functions, in positions where they motivate and help determine outcomes.

Research that makes a difference

The new Collaborative Centre will be Victoria's centre of excellence for mental health research.

Research projects will bring practical benefits to consumers, families, carers and the community.

Informing our community

The Collaborative Centre will share new information across the mental health system. This includes rural and regional areas and to people living with mental illness, their families and carers.

Education programs will improve community understanding of mental health. This will help reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with mental illness.

The workforce

The Collaborative Centre will also support the mental health workforce with funding for academic positions, internships, traineeships, fellowships and scholarships.