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Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Transcultural perspectives

We responded to the Royal Commission’s request to facilitate a roundtable session focused on the mental health issues affecting diverse communities across Victoria.

In May 2020, members of the well established VTMH Reference Group met with Chair of the Royal Commission  Penny Armytage and Commissioner Dr Alex Cockram. This was chance to advocate for a fairer and more just service system. Being more inclusive will be key. 

Firstly, we heard many voices. We listened to people with lived experience and leaders in education and research. Consumer and carer  advocates, community organisations and mental health and multicultural services also spoke.

Secondly, we explored three themes: engaging communities, consumers and carers; workforce development; and governance, data collection and research.   

Finally, we talked about solutions. About ways to create a more culturally safe, responsive mental health service system.

Keep reading to learn more about VTMH and the Commission.