The Victorian Mental Health Policy Network (VMHPN) was established to analyse and develop strategies to improve Victoria’s mental health system.

Role, Purpose, and Responsibilities

The role of Victorian Mental Health Policy Network (VMHPN) will be to provide strategic direction and leadership to:

  • Focus on strategies to increase investment in mental health;
  • Identify service gaps;
  • Promote solutions, outcomes, and measures that reduce hospital admissions and relieve pressure on ambulance, police and crisis services;
  • Place mental health as an election priority, at the State and Federal level;
  • Ensure mental health is treated as a Whole-of-Government issue
  • Have an ongoing role in influencing mental health system improvements;
  • Create messaging and communications strategies that raise the understanding of mental health services and supports in Victoria; and
  • Identify Mental Health Victoria priorities for research and policy.

The complete Terms of Reference for the Network can be read here.

Membership of VMHPN

The following organisations are part of the Network:

  • Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
  • Australians for Mental Health
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA) - Victorian Branch
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Services Union (ASU)
  • Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic)
  • Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
  • Mental Health Victoria (MHV)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
  • Tandem
  • The Police Association of Victoria (TPAV)
  • Victorian Alchohol And Drug Association (VAADA)
  • Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA)
  • Victorian Metnal Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)