Department of Health

Mental health workforce strategy

Key messages

  • Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024 responds to key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
  • The Strategy prioritises steps to stabilise the system and lay the foundations for the decade of reform ahead.
  • The Strategy will be reviewed and updated every two years.
The Victorian Government is building a better mental health and wellbeing system for all Victorians. 

The mental health and wellbeing workforce is the backbone of our system and is critical to realising the Royal Commission’s vision for reform. 

Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024 is an important step towards building the diverse, multidisciplinary workforce we need to provide treatment, care and support for Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress.

We have already made significant progress on many of the workforce initiatives recommended by the Royal Commission. The Strategy prioritises steps to stabilise the system and lay the foundations for the decade of reform ahead. 

The Department of Health will continue to collaborate with community and sector partners to implement the Workforce Strategy, which will be reviewed and updated every two years. 

Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework

The Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework sets out the skills, knowledge and ways of working that the workforce will require in the new integrated and responsive mental health and wellbeing system.

The first iteration of the Capability Framework represents a point in time at the beginning of a ten-year reform journey. It will be reviewed and revised to keep pace with emerging and evolving needs of the Victorian mental health and wellbeing system and workforce.

 

Reviewed 22 December 2021

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