Recommendations

Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Recommendation 1

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government establishes a new entity, the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing. As a first step, the Mental Health Implementation Office should establish the governance of the Collaborative Centre and begin planning for a purpose-built facility in Melbourne.

The Collaborative Centre will bring people with lived experience together with researchers and experts in multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical care to develop and provide adult mental health services, conduct research and disseminate knowledge with the aim of delivering the best possible outcomes for people living with mental illness. The centre will work within a network of partners including service and research organisations in rural and regional areas.

Responding to Recommendation 1

  • What do you need from this centre to best support consumers? 
  • What sorts of services are at this centre? 
  • Who are the people there? Who are the people not there? 
  • How many of these centres will there be and where will they be located? 
  • How do you feel when using this service?

Targeted acute mental health service expansion

Recommendation 2

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government, through the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority and the Mental Health Implementation Office, provides funding for 170 additional youth and adult acute mental health beds to help address critical demand pressures.

Responding to Recommendation 2

Think about what you want and need from the beds for consumers to feel supported. What is your “ideal” outcome for these beds? 

  • What do acute beds look like in a new model?  
  • What do the beds look like and feel like to use? 
  • What does the physical space look like? 
  • At which services are the beds located? 
  • Who is managing the beds?  
  • What other supports are available for users of the beds? 

Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing

Recommendation 4

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government, through the Mental Health Implementation Office, expands social and emotional wellbeing teams throughout Victoria and that these teams be supported by a new Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre.

Responding to Recommendation 4

Think about what you want and need from this service for consumers to feel supported.

  • What do you need from this centre for it to best support consumers? 
  • What does this service look like internally and externally?
  • What sorts of services are at this centre? 
  • Who are the people there? Who are the people not there? 
  • How many of these services will there be and where will they be located? 
  • How do you feel when using this service?

A service designed and delivered by people with lived experience

Recommendation 5

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government establishes Victoria’s first residential mental health service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. This should be facilitated through the Mental Health Implementation Office in co-production with people with lived experience.

Responding to Recommendation 5

Think about what you want and need from this service for consumers to feel supported.

  • What do you need from this service for it to best support consumers? 
  • What does this service look like internally and externally?
  • What sorts of services are at this service? 
  • Who are the people there? Who are the people not there? 
  • Where will these services be located? 
  • How do you feel when using this service?

Lived experience workforces

Recommendation 6

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government, through the Mental Health Implementation Office, expands the consumer and family-carer lived experience workforces and enhances workplace supports for their practice. This program of work should be co-produced with people with lived experience and representatives of lived experience workforces and be implemented across area mental health services and identified non-government organisations.

Responding to Recommendation 6

Think about what you want and need from a lived experience workforce for consumers to feel supported.

  • How will lived experience workers be trained to best support you?  
  • Who will provide coaching and supervision for lived experience workers? 
  • What roles are required to support a lived experience workforce? Are they existing or do they need to be developed? 
  • What are some conversations you see yourself having with lived experience workers?
  • How do you feel when you are being supported by lived experience workers?