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Greater Transparency For Mental Health Services

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its election commitment to report annually to the Victorian Parliament and the broader community on mental health services.

Victoria’s Mental Health Services Annual Report 2015-16 will provide a greater understanding of the public mental health system, identifying system strengths, challenges and opportunities.

It’s the first time comprehensive information about Victoria’s public mental health system has been compiled in a single, easily accessible document.

The report follows amendments in the Mental Health Act 2014 requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to the Minister for Mental Health each year.

It will monitor the implementation of Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan – which is backed up by a $356 million investment in the 16-17 Victorian Budget.

The actions in the plan work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians through services that are accessible, flexible and responsive, and delivered by a skilled and supported workforce.

Under the plan, the Labor Government has already taken action to prevent suicides, expand services and announced funding for 130 additional mental health professionals across Victoria.

The report is available at www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthannualreport

Quotes attributable to Mental Health Minister Martin Foley

“The first report shows where services are improving and expanding to meet growing demand, and highlights where more needs to be done.”

“For the last two years, we’ve been putting people first by ensuring those in need get the most targeted support to get back on their feet.”

“This report will help us better understand the pressure our system faces – and ensure we focus on the best outcomes to support Victorians.”