Mental Health Victoria Publications

Saving Lives. Saving Money: The case for better investment in Victorian mental health

The Saving Lives. Saving Money report maps out the economic case for investing in Victoria's mental health, backed by data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and independent investment analysis. It brings together not only mental health service providers, but police, unions, and clinicians who all agree that, without proper funding, Victoria will see increased demand and pressure on ambulance call-outs, police and criminal justice, emergency departments and public hospitals, and crisis services. The document is available here

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Mind the Gap

Mental Health Victoria and SalvoConnect engaged the University of Sydney to produce a Victorian focussed policy research paper on the mental health landscape post NDIS transition. The report covers the gaps for those both eligible and ineligle for the NDIS, people who are eligible but don't apply and the gaps in the systems interfaces.The document is available here

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Community Mental Health Workforce Training and Development Analysis

The Community Mental Health Workforce Training and Development Analysis was conducted in 2016-17 to explore and make recommendations around the training and development needs of the mental health workforce in Victoria resulting from the rollout of the NDIS. In particular the report focuses on the impact on the MHCSS workforce making the transition to NDIS, and draws a picture of the newly emerging workforce providing disability supports to people with psychosocial disability. The document is available here.

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Learn & Build: Barwon Under Full Scheme

Learn and Build: Barwon Under Full Scheme, is in follow up to Mental Health Victoria’s Learn and Build in Barwon (2015). Two years on, this new report looks at key developments, ongoing issues and how Barwon service providers, consumers and carers have adapted since full-Scheme NDIS began in July 2016,

Barwon Under Full Scheme puts forward eight recommendations aimed at improving Scheme design and addressing emerging service and support gaps in the Barwon region and beyond. 

The document is available here.

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Learn and Build in Barwon 2015

Learn and Build in Barwon sets out to ‘tell the story’ of the impact of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on the provision of mental health services in the Barwon region of Victoria and to enable the Victorian Government and stakeholders to understand the implications of full-scheme roll out on the Victorian mental health service system. It deals with the experiences of consumers, carers and service providers up to February 2015.
The paper resulting from this work is now available here

second paper is also available. This paper utilises case studies in an attempt to identify and understand the differences in service models and outcomes by comparing NDIS clients with those receiving MHCSS services in other catchments. 

Learn and Build in Barwon 2015

Learn & Build: Barwon Under Full Scheme

Learn and Build: Barwon Under Full Scheme, is in follow up to Mental Health Victoria’s Learn and Build in Barwon (2015). Two years on, this new report looks at key developments, ongoing issues and how Barwon service providers, consumers and carers have adapted since full-Scheme NDIS began in July 2016,

Barwon Under Full Scheme puts forward eight recommendations aimed at improving Scheme design and addressing emerging service and support gaps in the Barwon region and beyond. 

The document is available here.

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Learn and Build in Barwon 2015

Learn and Build in Barwon sets out to ‘tell the story’ of the impact of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on the provision of mental health services in the Barwon region of Victoria and to enable the Victorian Government and stakeholders to understand the implications of full-scheme roll out on the Victorian mental health service system. It deals with the experiences of consumers, carers and service providers up to February 2015.
The paper resulting from this work is now available here

A second paper is also available. This paper utilises case studies in an attempt to identify and understand the differences in service models and outcomes by comparing NDIS clients with those receiving MHCSS services in other catchments. 

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Community Managed Mental Health: An Agenda for the Future 2012

The Agenda was based on a consultation paper which is available here. The Final Agenda aims to provide:
1. a roadmap for the future of community managed mental health
2. a resource for Mental Health Victoria members in their deliberations about required changes in their organisations
3. inform and influence the Australian and Victorian Government’s policy and funding of these services.
The full Agenda is available here, and a short version of the document is available here

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The Case for Investment 2010

Mental Health Victoria has completed Stage One of the Sector Development Project with the assistance of ConNetica Consulting. Copies of the final report have been mailed to all member CEOs. The Case for Investment is a discussion paper, which summarises the literature review undertaken for the project and makes the case for future investment in Community Managed Mental Health.
The final paper is available here.  

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Training Needs Analysis 2010

In 2010, Mental Health Victoria conducted a Training Needs Analysis of the community mental health sector.
The document is available here.

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Partners in Respite 2010

The Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support and Carer Respite Project, funded by the Australian Government under the Mental Health Respite Program, provided a structure to bring people and organisations together to develop new and innovative support and services for families and carers of people with a mental illness.
The final report is available here.

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Pathways to Social Inclusion 2008

The most significant piece of work to date has been the development of Pathways to Social Inclusion, proposition papers. This document consists of four papers:
1. Social Inclusion: an outcome measure for the mental health service system2. Health Inequalities: policy and practice
3. Housing and Support: a platform for recovery
4. Economic Participation: employment and education — changing outcomes
The final paper is available here.