Local Services will help adults and older adults experiencing a mental illness or psychological distress to access treatment, care and support in their community and closer to their support networks.
The department hosted online place-based forums in November 2021 for communities in each of the six locations receiving the first Local Services.
Forum participants discussed ways to make the new services relevant to their local community. This includes feedback about the local service system, local communities and their aspirations for the future Local Service.
The engagement report highlights the findings from each forum.
It also includes feedback from a series of targeted engagement sessions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations. These sessions explored how the new services can provide culturally safe and appropriate treatment, care and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Local Services will form a new service stream and are central to developing a responsive and integrated mental health and wellbeing system with community at its heart.
The first six Local Services are due to open in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, Latrobe Valley, and Whittlesea by the end of 2022.
Reviewed 23 March 2022