Department of Health

Victorian Collaborative Centre

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended a new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Collaborative Centre). The Collaborative Centre became an independent entity on 1 September 2022. 

The Collaborative Centre will provide updates and information on this page until it launches its own website.

Purpose and functions of the Collaborative Centre 

The purpose of the Collaborative Centre is to: 

  • bring together lived experience leadership, innovative service delivery and cutting-edge mental health research
  • drive system transformation 
  • improve outcomes for people who use the mental health and wellbeing system in Victoria, including people with lived experience of trauma - through a new Statewide Trauma Service. 

It aims to do this through: 

  • leading excellent practice for the full and effective participation and inclusion of people with lived and living experience (consumers and families, carers and supporters) 
  • embedding the evidence of lived experience in the science of working out what works, for whom, when, how, and where
  • delivering best-practice multidisciplinary treatment, care and support to adults and older adults in a local area
  • working out what we already know through research and experience that has not yet been translated into the mental health and wellbeing system in Victoria
  • driving excellence in new interdisciplinary translational research 
  • cultivating, coordinating and disseminating evidence of proven and effective treatment, care and support
  • contributing to the development of a highly skilled and diverse multi-disciplinary workforce and promoting new cultures of collaboration, inquiry, innovation and learning
  • driving system-wide change to create an adaptive and more integrated mental health and wellbeing system
  • supporting government with better system design, redesign and integration to improve service delivery, policy and law making.

The expertise of people with lived experiences of mental illness or psychological distress and their families, carers and supporters will be central to service design, delivery, research and evaluation.

Statement of Priorities 

Statements of priorities are accountability agreements between the Government and Victorian publicly funded health, mental health and ambulance services.

The 2022-23 Statement of Priorities for the Collaborative Centre outlines priorities for the first year of establishment of the centre, agreed by the Acting Minister for Mental Health and the Collaborative Centre board. Read the 2022-23 Statement of Priorities below.

Collaborative Centre board

Legislation to establish the Collaborative Centre passed the Victorian Parliament in November 2021. This permitted the Collaborative Centre board to be appointed by the Governor-In-Council upon recommendation by the Minister for Mental Health.

Read more about the Collaborative Centre board.

Selecting service and academic partners

Expression of interest (EOI) applications for academic and mental health service partners to lead a consortium that will form part of the centre’s operating model closed on Thursday 8 December 2022. 

Applications will be shortlisted by Friday 27 January 2023, and requests for proposals (RFPs) from shortlisted consortia will be invited in February, with the final selection of partners expected in May.

The consortium will focus on the integration of best-practice treatment, care and support for adults and older adults with a program of translational research, to create a practical evidence base of statewide relevance that is grounded in lived experience. 

Lived Experiences Advisory Panel (LEAP)

To achieve its vision, the Collaborative Centre needs to partner with consumers, families, carers, and supporters in ways that are genuine and integrated within every step of the establishment of the centre. 

A Lived Experiences Advisory Panel (LEAP) will provide advice to guide the set-up of the Collaborative Centre. This includes advising on a new lived experience framework, a strategic plan, a research strategy, and a communications strategy including branding and digital presence.  

The board hopes the LEAP will also drive regular reflection on how the centre can lead transformational change and challenge existing power imbalances throughout all its work.

Members of the LEAP will bring a diverse range of lived and living experiences, including as consumers and/or families, carers and supporters.

Expression of interest applications closed on Wednesday 16 November 2022 and a selection process is underway. The 10 LEAP members, including a Chair, are expected to be appointed by early 2023.

Reviewed 14 December 2022

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