Submissions and Publications

 

2021 

 

Response to the 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

Housing, mental health and homelessness are intrinsically linked. That's why Mental Health Victoria has recommended the 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy be developed with a specific priority on mental health and wellbeing. Read more

 

Submission on proposed duty of candour laws

Duty of candour laws have the potential to do much to help people recover following traumatic experiences of care, and rebuild trust between consumers, carers and service providers. However, application of proposed laws requires careful consideration to ensure they can operate as intended in mental health settings. Read more

 

Response to the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The recommendations from various state and national mental health reports and strategies will be critical in building a national mental health system that can respond to situations of both individual and communal crisis. Mental Health Victoria has urged the Australian Government to finalise a single, long-term, whole-of-government implementation and budgetary plan for national mental health reform in 2021 that combines these recommendations. Read more

 

Response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report

Mental Health Victoria was pleased to see the Final Report of the Aged Care Royal Commission includes dozens of recommendations relating to mental health and wellbeing. After such a comprehensive inquiry and such confronting findings around the care and treatment of older Australians, urgent investment and implementation is now required to not only save lives, but to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and dignity, of all older people. Read more

 

Submission to the NDIS on access and eligibility

We support the introduction of policies that promote a clear and uncomplicated pathway to the NDIS and its supports at no cost to participants. We have recommended some measures to improve the safety and effectiveness of these policies for people with psychosocial disability. Read more

 

Feedback on the Victorian Government's LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper

The Directions Paper’s vision aligns with aspects of MHV’s submission, and we welcome the Victorian Government’s commitment to improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ peopleWhile we support aspects of the Directions Paper, we are concerned about some missed opportunities regarding mental health. Read more

 

2021 Federal Budget Submission

As the Final Report of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health has shown, investing in mental health is a cost-effective way of supporting the Australian economy. Now more than ever, the nation needs better investment in mental health to assist the recovery of our wellbeing and economy. Read more

 

Feedback on the draft of the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

MHV commends the authors of the Strategy for presenting a well-timed, holistic and integrated vision to drive changes to improve Australian children’s wellbeing. While the Strategy provides a solid starting point to progress its vision, we recommend that more detailed planning and co-designed coordinated action be undertaken. Read more

 

Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on Mental Health: Mental Health Victoria and the Victorian Healthcare Association’s joint survey response

The Productivity Commission report presents a singularly comprehensive and holistic vision of reform which is vital to turning the fragmented, broken mental health system which we currently have into a cohesive, unified system that can provide for the mental health needs of all Australians. Read more

 

From Vision to Reality: A guide for the successful implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system

This guide outlines how implementation of the recommendations could be managed by the Victorian Government to ensure that reforms are implemented as intended. Read more

 

2020 

Submission for Victoria's State Disability Plan 2021–2024

 

Summary of Productivity Commission's final report for the Inquiry into Mental Health

 

Summary of National Suicide Prevention Adviser's Interim Advice

 

Response to the final submission of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

 

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on the experience of First Nations people with disability

 

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on employment

 

Submission to the National Disability Insurance Scheme on support coordination

 

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on restrictive practices

 

Submission to the Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy

 

Submission to the Jobs-Ready Graduates Package exposure draft legislation

 

Adult Mental Health Centres - Mental Health Victoria’s responses to the Australian Government Department of Health’s online survey questions 

 

Monitoring the Family Violence Reforms - Mental Health Victoria's submission to the Family Violence Implementation Monitor 

 

Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Witness Statement of Angus Clelland — Mental Health Victoria CEO

 

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Hearing, Witness Statement of Angus Clelland — Mental Health Victoria CEO

 

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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of older Victorians: A submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Older people are important, contributing members of the Victorian community who have the same rights and needs for programs and services across the continuum of mental health promotion, illness prevention, treatment, recovery support, and suicide prevention as other age groups. At present, they are missing out in many of these areas. This report outlines five key areas for the reform of mental health care for older people:

  • Increasing focus on mentally healthy ageing and mental ill-health prevention 
  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of services for older Victorians
  • Improving the quality and range of supports and services available
  • Strengthening the older persons mental health workforce and increasing funding
  • Preventing suicide, particularly among older men and women over 80 years.

The full report is available here

 

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS workforce

 

Mental Health Pandemic Response Plan - Mental Health Victoria’s Key Priority Areas 

 

Submission on the Victorian Disability Worker Registration Scheme: Proposed registration standards and regulations for Victoria's disability workforce - Mental Health Victoria

 

Joint Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Mental Health — Mental Health Victoria & the Victorian Healthcare Association

 

 

2019

Submission to the Review of the NDIS Act and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

 

aged Care subSubmission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality

 

 

 

 

 

Submission image slider smallJoint Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System — MHV & the Victorian Healthcare Association

 

 

 

 

Mental Health and Justice: Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System — MHV & Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.

 

Letter to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Mental Health with additional information and submissions

 

Initial Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of improving mental health to support economic participation and enhancing productivity and economic growth 

 

Focusing on prevention: A joint submission to the Productivity Commission inqury into mental health — VicHealth, Prevention United & others

 

Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with a Disability

 

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS: Inquiry into General Issues around Implementation 

 

 Hansard of Joint Standing Committee NDIS Psychosocial Disability Roundtable

 

Terms of Reference for the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health 

 

 

2018

Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia

 

Studio 20180614 083605Saving 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

 

2018 recovery oriented resources NDIS reportFinal Report into the Project: Recovery-Oriented Practice Resources for Providing NDIS Psychosocial Supports

The report details the results of the 2018 MHV NDIS Engagement Project which explored:

  • How workers can continue to be recovery-oriented when delivering NDIS supports to participants with psychosocial disability
  • Innovative ways to deliver professional development to a time-poor, mobile workforce providing NDIS supports.

In partnership with 10 mental health organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders, the project worked with managers, support coordinators, support workers, consumers, and carers to determine what recovery-oriented practice looks like in the new context. The project also showcased an exciting new learning model of training delivery, which makes professional development more accessible and engaging for NDIS provider workforces.

The report is available here.  

 

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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

 

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS - market readiness 

 

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