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Perceptions of Dangerousness Research Project


We hope to find new ways for the mental health system to think about violence, aggression and danger which promote equity and safety for both consumers and nurses. VMIAC is pleased to support this new research project that is addressing an important issue for consumers. We encourage eligible people to think about becoming a participant.

Video – CEO Update

CEO Update

Vrinda Edan gives an update on the latest news from VMIAC.

The Douglas Weston Memorial Trust


VMIAC is pleased to be able to offer awards from The Douglas Weston Memorial Trust to consumers of Victoria. The intended purpose of these awards is to support the recipients in their health and wellbeing. There are six awards and each award will be for $600 in 2019. To be eligible for the award you

Royal Commission – Update – Peer Support Workshops

Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Mental Health is taking submissions until 5 July. This is an important opportunity to speak up about the issues that matter most to YOU. What’s a submission? A submission is just a way to tell them what matters to you. You can read about submissions and make an online submission, on

New, free self-advocacy sessions on the NDIS. Don’t miss out!

Events, NDIS, Self-Advocacy

Did you know that people who are able to advocate for themselves are likely to get better outcomes from the NDIS? VMIAC, IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy service) and Tandem have joined together to bring you two new self-advocacy sessions on the NDIS. Workshops are free Travel costs will be reimbursed Great tips and resources

Peer support to make your own submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health

Peer Support, Royal Commission

Would you like peer support to prepare your own submission? From June, VMIAC will be travelling around Victoria to support consumers/survivors to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Mental Health. Anyone can make a submission directly to the Royal Commission on their website. You don’t have to use the VMIAC service to make a

Seclusion Report: How safe is my hospital?

Human Rights, Restrictive Practices, Royal Commission

VMIAC has just released a new report that ranks 23 hospital-based mental health services, from best to worst, based on how often they use ‘seclusion’. Download the report here. Download our media release here. Download a list of the managing services of mental health units. What is seclusion? Seclusion is a ‘restrictive’ practice used in

CEO Update 1st April 2019

CEO Update, Royal Commission

Maggie Toko and Indigo Daya give an update on the Royal Commission. This update talks about ways that you can have your say during the Royal Commission. Check out the new Royal Commission website: www.rcvmhs.vic.gov.au If you want support from VMIAC during the Royal Commission, including support to make your own personal submission, register with

Supported Decision Making


Check out this information flyer about Supported Decision Making, developed by local consumers Cath Roper, Vrinda Edan, Wanda Bennetts and Indigo Daya.  This is a brief introduction to what Supported Decision Making means, and how to do it. The flyer has been endorsed by VMIAC, the Independent Mental Health Advocacy service (IMHA) and the Centre for Psychiatric

Royal Commission – Update

Royal Commission

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) expresses public support for VMIAC in the Mental Health Australia newsletter, backing VMIAC’s concerns about the lack of consumer inclusion in the Royal Commission.