People with mental illness and their families and carers can get help to advocate for their rights from a range of individuals organisations:
- independent mental health advocates
- the Community Visitors Program
- Victoria Legal Aid
- the Office of the Public Advocate
- the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
- Tandem Inc, the peak body for families and carers.
is a new statewide advocacy service for people receiving compulsory treatment under Victoria's Mental Health Act 2014. IMHA helps people to have a say in decisions relating to mental health assessment, treatment and recovery.
Community visitors are volunteers who monitor the adequacy and appropriateness of mental health services.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) supports people who are receiving compulsory psychiatric treatment to have as much say as possible about their assessment, treatment and recovery. IMHA advocates are 'on the side' of people receiving compulsory treatment and are independent from hospitals an...
Tandem - promoting family and carer involvement
Tandem promotes family and carer involvement in the treatment, planning and decision making of people with a mental illness.
Reviewed 28 May 2015