The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has now begun. Terms of reference have been established, and community consultations have also started. The Commission is interested to hear directly from people experiencing mental illness. The following provides information about how service providers and organisations can support people from refugee backgrounds who are living with mental illness to contribute.
A number of community consultations are taking place in areas of high cultural diversity. For quick reference these are:
• 15 April – Geelong
• 16 April – Ballarat
• 17 April – Sunshine
• 1 May – Mildura, Swan Hill
• 3 and 9 May – Melbourne
• 7 May – Dandenong
• 8 May – Preston
• 9 May – Werribee
• 16 May – Shepparton
• 17 May – Bendigo
Full details of community consultation sessions can be found here
The Commission is able to arrange access to interpreting services for people to contribute to the consultations. The best way to arrange an interpreter mediated consultation is to phone the Commission on 1800 001 134.
Organisations will be invited to make submissions to the terms of reference from mid-April to May.
Sign up for updates from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
Contribute to the Victorian Refugee Health Network submission
The Victorian Refugee Health Network is preparing a submission to the Terms of Reference. This submission will be informed by consultations and a sector roundtable on 30 April. Please contact Samantha Furneaux if you would like to attend firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9389 8915
You can also contribute to the Network’s submission by responding to this survey.