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 communityThe 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.

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    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.

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    Final Report Summary

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    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

    Policy submission on the new
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    Recommendations for a Culturally Responsive Mental Health System Paper

    Analysis of the 2021-22
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    Media Release on the Royal
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    Submission to the Royal Commission
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