What the Royal Commission said
The Royal Commission called for a mental health and wellbeing system that is safe, responsive and inclusive. One that will meet the needs of Victoria’s diverse population both now and into the future.
The Royal Commission recognised that this would be a whole-of-system effort. Coordination of funding, commissioning, design and delivery of services would be critical. Diversity would need to be reflected in the system's governance, leadership and workforce.
What are the opportunities?
To achieve this vision, we need to understand the unique needs of Victoria’s diverse communities. These include:
- LGBTIQ+ Victorians
- Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Victorians with disability.
We recognise that these communities are diverse themselves. This means we need to hear a broad range of perspectives. We also recognise that there are a range of factors that can impact individuals’ experiences. These may include their gender identity, age and visa status. We will need to keep this in mind as we respond to diversity.
We need to continue to work with community leaders, advocates, groups and organisations throughout the reform process. This includes planning, implementing and managing the reformed mental health and wellbeing system.
What are we doing?
We have funded the Rainbow Door service. Rainbow Door offers peer support and advice to LGBTIQ+ Victorians. It links people with safe, queer-friendly services.
We have extended funding for the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) project. HEY is a network of services that support LGBTIQ+ young people.
We have provided more funding for mental health and wellbeing supports for transgender and gender diverse young people.
We have provided more funding for community mental health programs for young asylum seekers and refugees.
We will establish a Diverse Communities’ Working Group. The Working Group will advise on the mental health and wellbeing needs of diverse communities and how best to respond to these needs.
We will co-design a Diverse Communities’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework with the Working Group. This will outline the actions we will take to build a more inclusive system.
We will partner with community organisations and peak bodies to support their communities to engage with the reforms. This will ensure communities can play an active role in designing and delivering the new mental health and well-being system.
We are improving our data recording and collection system. This will allow us to better record and understand the experiences of diverse communities.