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Updates: Royal Commission into Victorian Mental Health System

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12/08/2019

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is well underway, with the stated aim to map out a plan of action to drive major changes to the system.

The Royal Commission's public hearings ran from 2 to 26 July, and transcripts are available on the Commission website. Specific hearings for a range of cohorts were scheduled, but did not include a hearing for people with a disability.

People with disability are at greater risk of experiencing poor mental health than people without disability. 40 to 70 per cent of people with autism, and 20 to 40 per cent of people with intellectual disability experience one or more co-occurring mental health conditions.

In August and September, targeted engagement activities and roundtables will be held. In recognition of the higher prevalence and specific risks faced by people with disability, the Royal Commission has stated they will prioritise targeted engagement with people living with disability, and with those supporting people living with disability.

In November, the interim report will be delivered by the Royal Commission. Final recommendations are expected to be handed down in October 2020.

NDS consultation with members informed our recent submission [PDF | Word] which recommended that the Victorian government:

  1. create a comprehensive continuum of expanded mental health services integrated with effective and sufficient NDIS-funded services for people living with psychosocial disability;
  2. provide targeted and strategic investment into building and training the psychosocial workforce;
  3. develop and implement a Victorian housing strategy to improve access to housing for people with disability, including those with psychosocial support needs; and
  4. fund a suite of supports, training and strategies aimed at supporting people with mental health needs to gain and maintain employment.

Mental Health Victoria, with NDS involvement, is holding Co-Design Workshops in August and September to develop a psychosocial capabilities framework and a suite of training resources for NDIS providers. You can find out more about these workshops and how to register here.

NDS is planning further consultation with members around psychosocial workforce issues. Please contact Anthea Gellie on the contact details below if you would like to participate.

Contact information
Anthea Gellie, Policy and Project Officer, 03 8341 4330,