What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government:

  1. establish a responsive and integrated mental health and wellbeing service stream for older Victorians, that focuses on improving their mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
  2. ensure older Victorians have access to the same mental health treatment, care and support as the rest of the adult population.
  3. establish older adult mental health and wellbeing specialist multidisciplinary teams in Adult and Older Adult Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (refer to Recommendation 3(2)(b)), to:
    1. provide specialist mental health treatment, care and support for people with complex and compounding mental health needs generally related to ageing; and
    2. assist primary and secondary care and related services that support older Victorians, including aged care, through primary consultation, secondary consultation and shared care.

Update

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The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Rebuilding Victoria's mental health system is a 10-year reform plan, with implementation being done in a staged and sequential way. The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations.

All work is focused on ensuring Victorians get the mental health treatment, care, and support they deserve.