Tuesday 2 March 2021


Victorians experiencing mental illness including those in the Altona District, will have access to better treatment, care and support closer to loved ones, under recommendations handed down by the final report from Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The Commission today delivered its final report, which will act as a blueprint for delivering a new mental health system for all Victorians, including those in Melbourne’s west.

Welcoming the report, Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy said its recommendations addressed the gaps of the current system. Thousands of stories and lived experiences have shaped this report and underpin the reasons why the Royal Commission was established, and why we must be whole-hearted and unreserved about committing to deliver each and every one of the report’s recommendations.

The Royal Commission into Mental Health has provided the government and community with the opportunity to rebuild a system that provides people with the care they need early on.

There are no quick fix solutions. While it will take time for the government to fully consider the report’s vital recommendations, work has already begun on implementing those laid out in the Royal Commission’s interim report.

The 2020-21 Victorian State Budget includes $868.6 million to focus on priority areas such as acute mental health beds, suicide prevention, Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing, and support for the mental health workforce.

But we know much more needs to be done to make a mental health system every Victorian deserves – and that is what the Government will do.

Advice and support is available through Lifeline – 13 11 14 or through Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy

“Mental health impacts all of us and has had a profound impact on many local people and their loved ones.  If it’s not our own direct experience, it’s people we know and love, and we can’t afford for our health and community systems to continue to fail people in need.”

“We need to build a system that is focused on early intervention and that provides dedicated support for mental health consumers and carers alike”

“I’m proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government and delivering this new mental health system from the ground up, for people across the Altona District and Victoria. This will change and save lives.”


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