Council and MDHS calling for mental health royal commission hearing to be held in town

Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) and Central Goldfields Shire Council are calling for a public hearing for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to be held in Maryborough

MDHS and the Central Goldfields Shire Council have requested the hearing to enable the complex needs of the community to be heard directly via the commission.

The royal commission was launched by the State Government in February this year and aims to provide the community with a clear and ambitious set of actions that will change Victoria’s mental health system and enable Victorians to experience their best mental health.

Central Goldfields Shire CEO Lucy Roffey said a Maryborough hearing is being sought so the community can have direct input into the commission.

“Our intention would be for the community to highlight the current system and the challenges we know are being faced,” she said.

“We feel that it is critical to hear directly from our community rather than through written submissions. We know every day through our teams on the ground the challenges

faced in navigating the system currently in place.”

MDHS CEO Terry Welch said Maryborough is the “perfect test case” for the royal commission.

“Maryborough is small but it would replicate the issues for communities who have known disadvantage across Victoria, so we think it would be a perfect test case for the commission,” he said.

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