Mental health royal commission interim report a positive step to address inadequate system

Maryborough’s health service says recommendations handed down in the state’s mental health royal commission interim report are a “great start” to fixing a system that has “catastrophically” failed to live up to expectations.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was launched by the State Government in February to create a set of actions to change Victoria’s mental health system, which the report stated has “failed to aid those who are most in need of high-quality treatment, care and support”.

The report found that while Victoria’s mental health system was once admired as the most progressive in the nation, it has “catastrophically failed to live up to expectations” and support the approximate 20 percent of Victorians who will experience a mental illness in any given year.

Maryborough played a key role in informing the interim report — handed down last week — selected as the only town to host a scheduled royal commission hearing outside of Melbourne.

The hearing came to the local Community Hub on July 15 following a campaign by the Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS), Central Goldfields Shire Council and other organisations, who requested a hearing be held to enable the complex needs of the community to be heard directly via the commission.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 3

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