Earlier this week, the interim recommendations were released from the Royal Commission into Mental Health in Victoria. Up until this point, it’s been unclear where these recommendations would place HACSU members, however we have known that the Victorian Government had committed from the outset to implementing every one of the recommendations put forward.
Now the recommendations have been released, we have more clarity around the impact to the sector and to HACSU members. We’re delighted to report that our recommendations, made earlier this year, for a minimum of 180 new positions each year in mental health nursing, and other allied health professions have been accepted by the Royal Commission. While we haven’t had the opportunity to review every one of the 680 pages of the report, which you can view here as yet, we can say that HACSU members’ concerns have been heard by the Commissioners.
The interim report represents a major win for HACSU, our members, allies, and for the consumers, carers and families we all work to support. Our attention and energies will now be focused on ensuring that the Victorian government delivers on its promise to implement these recommendations in full.
We can also report that the recommendations make note of the impact of dual disability in the mental health sector and the positive and negative impacts that have come about as a result of the NDIS.
We are still working our way through the Royal Commission’s full report, but wanted to give HACSU members an early snapshot of some of what we consider to be the key findings from the report.
The full report can be downloaded here.
This morning’s report is the interim report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system.
It makes numerous recommendations for changes aimed at redressing urgent problems in the Victorian mental health system.
It is not a final report. The interim report signals the direction of the final report (due October 2020). Recommendations in both reports will influence the future direction of the mental health system in Victoria.
The Commission expects that between now and October 2020 the Victorian Government will
begin implementing all the recommendations presented in this interim report. We therefore expect work to begin immediately to implement these recommendations.
The Royal Commission’s recommendations will be expensive. Current- inadequate- sources of funding will not be sufficient. The Royal Commission is recommending that the Victorian Government introduces a specific levy or tax for the funding of mental health system, and a dedicated capital investment fund.
The Royal Commission has recommended:
The Royal Commission has also directed major new investment in infrastructure and bed capacity. This includes:
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