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Making sure the voices of lived experience are heard

What is Your Voice?

Your Voice is a collaboration between Mind Australia and Wellways Australia providing Victorians with a lived experience of mental health issues with an opportunity to have their story heard and their lived experience inform our submissions to the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.

Insights and ideas that you share will help shape our submissions to the Royal Commission, including shared goals for the future of mental health and wellbeing in Victoria.

Mind and Wellways will hold six consultation workshops across the State, with the first workshop to be held in Collingwood on May 22 2019.

The Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health

On Sunday, 24 February the Labor Government released the Terms of Reference that will guide the Royal Commission Inquiry into Mental Health.  The Terms of Reference have been devised after consultation with experts in the mental health sector and the community.  More than 8,000 Victorians made a submission to help shape the Terms of Reference, including Mind and Wellways.


The Royal Commission into Mental Health is required to inquire into and report on the following matters:

1.  How to most effectively prevent mental illness and suicide, and support people to recover from mental illness, early in life, early in illness and early in episode, through Victoria’s mental health system, and in close partnership with other services.

2.  How to deliver the best mental health outcomes and improve access to and the navigation of Victoria’s mental health system for people of all ages, including through:

2.1  best practice treatment and care models that are safe and person-centred;

2.2  strategies to attract, train, develop and retain a highly skilled mental health workforce, including peer support workers;

2.3  strengthened pathways and interfaces between Victoria’s mental health system and other services;

2.4  better service and infrastructure planning, governance, accountability, funding, commissioning and information sharing arrangements; and

2.5  improved data collection and research strategies to advance continuity of care and monitor the impact of any reforms.

3.  How to best support the needs of family members and carers of people living with mental illness.

4.  How to improve mental health outcomes, taking into account best practice and person-centred treatment and care models, for those in the Victorian community, especially those at greater risk of experiencing poor mental health, including but not limited to people:

4.1  from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;

4.2  living with a mental illness and other co-occurring illnesses, disabilities, multiple diagnoses or dual disabilities;

4.3  from rural and regional communities; and 4.4  in contact, or at greater risk of contact, with the forensic mental health system and the justice system.

5.  How to best support those in the Victorian community who are living with both mental illness and problematic alcohol and drug use, including through evidence-based harm minimisation approaches.

6.  Any other matters necessary to satisfactorily resolve the matters set out in paragraphs 1 – 5.

Call for submissions now open

The Victorian Government Royal Commission into Mental Health is now accepting submissions.

Formal submissions are open until 5 July 2019. We invite people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their families and carers to attend one of six workshops facilitated by Mind and Wellways across the State.

Can’t make it to a workshop? That’s no problem. By expressing your voice through our online survey you can help ensure that your experiences and ideas will be heard by Mind and Wellways Australia, and help shape their written responses to the Royal Commission.

Individuals are also encouraged to submit a response. You may wish to submit a response as an individual consumer of mental health services, as a family member or carer of someone with a lived experience of mental health issues. The Commission has outlined 11 key questions to support individuals to submit their response. Formal submissions are open until 5 July 2019.

To read more, go to the Royal Commission’s website.

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