What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommended the Victorian Government establish a Statewide Trauma Service. This will deliver the best possible mental health and wellbeing outcomes for people with lived experience of trauma.

The new Statewide Trauma Service will:

  • conduct trauma research
  • support the mental health and wellbeing workforce to provide trauma-informed care
  • create digital peer-led support platforms
  • coordinate and facilitate access to trauma experts.

The Royal Commission recommended the Statewide Trauma Service be established by the end of 2022. The Statewide Trauma Service will be part of the new Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

What are the opportunities?

The Royal Commission said many mental health consumers experience trauma. It found the current system does not meet the mental health and recovery needs of consumers affected by trauma.

There is not enough early support for people affected by trauma. Instead, the focus is on helping people who are at crisis point. For some consumers, contact with the current mental health system has worsened the impacts of trauma.

The new Statewide Trauma Service will provide early support to people experiencing trauma.

Trauma-informed services foster a sense of safety and trust and recognise the importance of personal relationships. This will be a focus of the new system.

What are we doing?

The new Statewide Trauma Service will be established by the end of 2022.

A co-design process will commence in late 2021 to design the scope of the new service. The co-design process will involve people who have a lived experience of trauma.

Dedicated research

The Statewide Trauma Service will help people learn more about trauma-informed care and practice. It will conduct research that has an immediate impact on the improvement of services. This will include research from many disciplines.

Specialist Trauma Practitioners

The new Statewide Trauma Service will train a multidisciplinary workforce of specialist trauma practitioners. They will:

  • work alongside peer support workers in area mental health and wellbeing services
  • assist consumers to develop a recovery plan and provide therapeutic and holistic care
  • help other mental health and wellbeing practitioners better understand trauma-informed care.

Education, training and professional development

The Statewide Trauma Service will develop education and training programs. These programs will help the mental health workforce recognise and respond to trauma.

Peer support workers will also be supported by these training and education programs.