Major mental health investment a critical step towards large-scale system reform

Mental Health Victoria welcomes the $868 million in additional mental health investment announced today by the Victorian Government, which will ensure the state can implement the interim recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

 Mental Health Victoria CEO Angus Clelland said the announcement of the new mental health funding to be included in the upcoming State Budget will come as a relief for many who were concerned that the mental health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may impede the reform implementation process.

“As Mental Health Minister James Merlino said today, Victoria is dealing with the ‘twin wicked challenge’ of a broken mental health system and the impact of a global pandemic, so this level of investment and commitment comes at a critical time,” Mr Clelland said.

Read the full media release here.