Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health released its terms of reference on 24 February 2019. The inquiry will look at how to:
- most effectively prevent mental illness and suicide
- deliver the best mental health outcomes and help Victorians navigate the system
- best support the needs of family members and carers of people living with mental illness
- improve outcomes for those in the community at greater risk of experiencing poor mental health
- best support people living with mental illness and problematic alcohol and drug use.
The terms of reference were developed in consultation with mental health experts and the community.
Ms Penny Armytage will chair the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage has played a leading role in major health and human service sector reform. She recently served as the Chair of the Transport Accident Commission and the President of Berry Street.
The other members of the Royal Commission are Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry.
The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
The Commission will deliver its preliminary report by 30 November 2019 and its final report in October 2020.
Find out more on the Engage Victoria website.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224