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Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013-15

Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013 – 2015 outlines an agenda for change that has three key goals:

It highlights actions that are already in progress and others that will be delivered over the coming years to achieve better mental health for all Victorians.

  Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013 – 2015

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT - Victoria's priorities for mental health reform

I'm Mary Wooldridge and I am the Minister for Mental Health.
I’m delighted to be releasing Victoria's priorities for mental health reform which draws together fresh ideas and evidence based practice to deal with some long-standing challenges.
Our agenda for change has three key goals:

  • We want Victorians of all ages to have the best chance to enjoy good mental health and wellbeing
  • We want to ensure that people experiencing mental illness receive high quality help easily and early
  • We want to provide well-coordinated care that helps people address the diverse health, social and economic impacts of mental illness.

The plan highlights the priorities and concrete actions we will take over the next few years supported by $273 million invested over the last three budgets.
We have invested in more than 420 new or re-developed mental health beds and have expanded community-based specialist treatment services. 
A critical part of our plan involves paying a lot more attention to the impact of mental illness on families, to genuinely involve them in client care and to focus on supporting vulnerable children whose parents have a mental illness.
The new Victorian Mental Health Act, which will be introduced to Parliament and implemented in 2014, will drive modern approaches to recovery based treatment and care for people experiencing a severe mental illness.
In particular it will safeguard the rights, dignity and wellbeing of people subject to compulsory treatment.
We are working towards better community support for people with long term, chronic psychiatric conditions by reforming state funded Mental Health Community Support Services. 
This is an important step in preparing Victoria's system for the opportunities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
It will also link closely with the major reforms to the human services system we are pursuing through Services Connect. 
Promoting positive mental health and preventing mental health problems by addressing key risks that contribute to or trigger mental illness will also be an area of focused attention. 
During 2014 we will continue work on improving mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviour, building resilience in our young people and listening to local communities, including delivering our new suicide prevention plan. 
Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013-2015 provides a foundation for further discussion as we work together in the coming years to achieve better mental health for all Victorians.
I commend this action plan to you and I look forward to working with you on the next steps in mental health reform.

About the reforms

The Victorian Government currently invests more than $1.2 billion in mental health services each year, with an additional $273 million invested over the last three budgets for specific mental health initiatives. This includes investment in more than 420 new or re-developed mental health beds and the expansion of community-based specialist treatment services.

Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013 – 2015 highlights the priorities and concrete actions government will take over the next few years to:

Download Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013 – 2015.

A critical part of Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013 – 2015 involves paying a lot more attention to the impact of mental illness on families, to genuinely involve them in client care and to focus on supporting vulnerable children whose parents have a mental illness.

The new Victorian Mental Health Act, which will be introduced to Parliament and implemented in 2014, will drive modern approaches to recovery-based treatment and care for people experiencing a severe mental illness. In particular, it will safeguard the rights, dignity and wellbeing of people subject to compulsory treatment.

The Victorian Government is working towards better community support for people with long term, chronic psychiatric conditions by reforming state funded Mental Health Community Support Services. This will link closely with the major reforms to the human services system being pursued through Services Connect as well as being an important step in preparing Victoria's system for the opportunities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

The Government will also focus our attention on promoting positive mental health and preventing mental ill-health by addressing key risks that contribute to or trigger mental illness. We will continue our work on improving mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviour, building resilience in our young people and listening to local communities, including delivering our new suicide prevention plan. 

Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013-2015 provides a foundation for further discussion as we work together in the coming years to achieve better mental health for all Victorians.

Ministerial Communique - Victoria's Priorities for Mental Health

The Minister for Mental Health provides an update to Victorians on the progress of the activities and initiatives that have been undertaken or are underway against each of the six priorities of the plan.

  Ministerial Communique - Victoria's Priorities for Mental Health