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:

  • Ambulance Employees Australia
  • Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
  • Australians for Mental Health
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)  Victorian Branch
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Services Union (ASU)
  • Carers Victoria
  • Clarity Health
  • Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic)
  • Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)
  • Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
  • Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA)
  • Mental Health Victoria (MHV)
  • National Disability Services (NDS)
  • Neighbourhood Houses Victoria
  • Orygen
  • Rainbow Health Victoria
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • Tandem
  • The Police Association of Victoria (TPAV)
  • Thorne Harbour Health
  • VicHealth
  • Victorian Aboriginal Commmunity-Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
  • Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association (VAADA)
  • Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)
  • Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA)
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
  • Victorian PHN Alliance
  • Victorian Refugee Health Network (VRHN)
  • Women's Mental Health Network Victoria (WMHNV)
  • Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVIC)