In 2019, the State Government established the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to examine how the mental health system is working, and whether it is effective at addressing the need for mental health support in the Victorian community. The Royal Commission found that the mental health system was “broken” and failing many people. It recommended major reform of Victoria’s Mental Health System.
The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission. It has set up new government bodies to develop the new system and allocated funding in the 2021-22 State Budget to make the changes recommended by the Royal Commission.
The Victorian Government is working with community organisations like ECCV to share the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission with the community. ECCV has created this webpage as a resource for our members, and migrant and refugee communities, to find out more about the Royal Commission, and what the reforms mean.
Changing the mental health system will take several years. ECCV hopes to share key information with member organisations and communities to make sure that migrant and refugee communities are included and their needs are met.
If you would like to know more or if you have any feedback about this page, please contact us.
Mental Health Reform News & Events
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
The Royal Commission delivered its final report in February 2021. It found that the mental health system was “broken,” and
was not providing the support people need.
The Royal Commission has made 65 recommendations to transform how
mental health issues are addressed.
ECCV’s Multicultural Mental Health Forums
Multicultural Mental Health: The Road Ahead
Keynote speaker: Steve Dimopoulos MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health
Panellists: Dr Francis Acquah, leading multicultural mental health clinician; Paris Aristotle AO, CEO of Foundation House; and Dr Judy Tang, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jurmaine Health and a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner
Multicultural Mental Health: Voices from the Community
Speakers: Tigist Kebede, counsellor at Foundation House; Jaya Manchikanti, President of IndianCare; Hala Nur, youth worker at The Venny; and Shehani de Silva, Education & Service Development Consultant at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health
Special performance: Thabani Tshuma, performance poet
ECCV’s Policy Work on Mental Health
Recommendations for a Culturally Responsive Mental Health System Paper
Analysis of the 2021-22
State Budget: Mental Health
Where to get help
Where to Get Help
Mental Health Services in Victoria
Translated Mental Health Resources