Key reports put national mental health reform on the agenda

Mental Health Victoria welcomes the release of two key national reports: the final report of the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Mental Health, and the Interim Advice of National Suicide Prevention Adviser Christine Morgan.

Mental Health Victoria CEO Angus Clelland said these expert reports will play a crucial role in shaping national mental health reform over the coming decade, as Victoria prepares for significant work when the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system is handed down in February 2021.

Like Victoria’s Royal Commission, the Productivity Commission’s inquiry and its long-awaited final report is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the real change that has for so long been urged by people living with mental illness, their carers, and the services that support them.

Its focus on person-centred approaches, prevention and early intervention, choice and control, community-based services, and governance and evaluation demonstrate that it has listened closely to people with lived experience and the broader sector in the development of its report.

Mr Clelland said Mental Health Victoria strongly endorses the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that states like Victoria that lack a Mental Health Commission establish one.

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