ECCV is calling on our members to make a submission to Victoria’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act and join us in advocating for the mental health rights of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for all Victorians to have a say in how our mental health system will look in the future.

    We encourage our members to make a submission to represent your community and ensure the voice of our diverse community is heard.

    ECCV has put together a guide to help members to have a say about the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act with some of our recommendations and some key things you might want to consider when putting your response together.

    Submissions close at 11:59pm on Sunday 1 August 2021. To make a submission or find out more information, go to the Engage Victoria website.

     

    Background

    In March 2021, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System released its final report. The Royal Commission made 74 recommendations, and the Victorian Government has agreed to implement all these recommendations.

    The Royal Commission recommended a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria. This will replace the old Mental Health Act 2014. The new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act will redesign the mental health system. Some of the features of the new Act will include:

    • More people with lived experience in leadership positions
    • More local and community-based mental health services
    • Ending seclusion and restraint treatments
    • Meeting the needs of people from diverse backgrounds.

    The Department of Health is developing the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, which will be finalised by mid-2022.

     

    Making a submission

    You can make a submission on the Engage Victoria website. At the bottom of the page there are options to make the submission as an individual or for an organisation.

    Both submission forms ask the same questions. The questions look at five key areas of the new Act:

    • Objectives and principles of the new Act [2 questions]
    • Non-legal advocacy and supported decision-making [4 questions]
    • Information sharing and data collection [2 questions]
    • Compulsory treatment and assessment, seclusion and restraint [4 questions]
    • Governance and oversight in the new Act [2 questions]

    The Engage Victoria webpage has a link to an Update and Engagement Paper that has more information about making a submission. You can download translations of the Update and Engagement Paper in 18 languages.

    You do not have to answer all the questions to make a submission. You can respond until 11:59pm Sunday 1 August 2021. 

    If you have any problems making your submission or would like to make a submission using a different method, you can email Engage Victoria at mhwa@health.vic.gov.au.

     

    Getting ECCV help with your Submission

    ECCV recently published a paper with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health that identified more detailed recommendations for improving the cultural responsiveness of the mental health system.

    You can find out more about our work and the reform of Victoria’s Mental Health system here.

    If you would like support to make your submission, or have any other questions, email ECCV at mplowman@eccv.org.au. 

     

    ECCV guide to responding to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act consultation

    ECCV has put together a guide to assist members to have a say about the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act with some of our recommendations and some key things you might want to consider when putting your response together.

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