26 September 2023

New Board to improve mental health issues

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A new purpose-built facility is to go up in Melbourne to bring together people with lived experience, researchers and health professionals to explore and lead critical improvements in the mental health system.

Announcing appointments to the new centre’s governance board, Minister for Mental Health, Gabrielle Williams said the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing was in responce to a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

“The purpose-built facility in Melbourne will be the first of its kind in Australia,” Ms Williams said.

“The Collaborative Centre will provide treatment, care and support to adults, lead cutting-edge research and serve as the ‘engine room’ for reform across the mental health sector and its workforce,” she said.

“The new board is made up of contemporary and innovative thinkers who will bring a range of professional and personal experiences.”

Ms Williams said the diversity of experience would help the board set a strong strategic direction of the Collaborative Centre in its early stages and into the future.

She said a priority for the board, to commence in September, would be to progress the strategic selection process to establish the Collaborative Centre’s health and academic partnerships.

“The centre will be at the heart of a rejuvenated mental health system and its board brings outstanding skills, knowledge, diversity and lived experience to help guide these critical reforms that will change lives and save lives,” the Minister said.

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