Work is underway on the mental health royal commission with the Andrews Government inviting Victorians to suggest themes and topics for the wide-ranging inquiry.
As part of its re-election commitments the Andrews Government will hold Australia’s first royal commission with the work starting in its first 100 days including appointing commissioners and announcing terms of reference.
This will be a very important royal commission for ANMF and its members. ANMF is encouraging nurses, midwives and carers to contribute their ideas and thoughts to this process to ensure your perspective and experience of the mental health system is reflected in the royal commission. You can submit feedback online here.
Mental Health Minister Martin Foley says the feedback will be collated and used to inform the official terms of reference.
Topics expected to be covered include prevention and early intervention, accessibility and navigation of the system, integration with alcohol and other drug services, and community, acute and forensic mental health.
Consultation with key stakeholders on the terms of reference has already started, with a series of targeted stakeholder roundtables, including ANMF (Vic Branch), happening over January.
While this initial consultation is limited to the themes to be covered by the royal commission’s terms of reference, Victorians will be also able to tell their stories and offer suggestions for change as part of the royal commission hearings and submission process once it is up and running.
Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said ‘Every year, one in five Victorians experiences a mental illness and the truth is we can do more to improve the system. This is our opportunity to find out what is working, what isn’t and what we need to change.
“This consultation is just the first step in the process. We need help from experts and everyone in the community to ensure people are at the centre of this Royal Commission.’
Consultation opened Friday 21 December 2018 and closes Sunday 27 January 2019.
The royal commission is expected to start in March 2019.