The Victorian Government today opened expressions of interest for four new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioners.
The Commissioners will lead the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament in June establishes the new Commission as an independent statutory authority.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission has a central role in the reformed system.
The Commission will:
- promote, support and protect rights of consumers, families and carers
- hold the government to account for the overall performance and quality and safety of the mental health and wellbeing system, including public health and prevention
- elevate the leadership of people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress across the mental health and wellbeing system
- promote the role, value and inclusion of families, carers and supporters across the mental health and wellbeing system
- elevate and sustain mental health and wellbeing as a priority in government decision making
- handle complaints about mental health and wellbeing service delivery
- facilitate action on mental health and wellbeing across government, business and the community
- lead actions that reduce stigma relating to mental health
- monitor the Victorian Government’s progress in implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
The new Commission will be led by a Chair Commissioner and three Commissioners. The Commissioners will include at least one person with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and one family member, carer or supporter.
Applications are now open for all four Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioner roles. Commissioners are due to be appointed before the end of 2022.
Expressions of interest close 1 August 2022.
Reviewed 12 July 2022