Department of Health

Recommendation 39

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people in rural and regional Victoria

What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government:

  1. in addition to ensuring rural and regional communities receive the benefits of the Royal Commission's recommended responsive and integrated mental health and wellbeing system:
    a. provide additional resources to enable mental health and wellbeing services operating in regional Victoria to deliver services to small or geographically isolated rural communities; and
    b. by the end of 2022, trial two new digital service delivery initiatives in rural and regional areas that meet the needs of local communities.


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The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Rebuilding Victoria's mental health system is a 10-year reform plan, with implementation being done in a staged and sequential way. The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations.

All work is focused on ensuring Victorians get the mental health treatment, care, and support they deserve.

Reviewed 17 March 2022

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