Dec 2019: Mental Health Strategy E-update

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This is the first of our e-updates on the progress of the development of the Campus’s Mental Health Strategy. Thank you for your input and engagement as stakeholders, it is very important to the Strategy being relevant and effective in improving the mental health care of children and adolescents, and their parents/carers and families.

Last month we welcomed Belinda Horton, Senior Project Coordinator, to the Working Group who has been working through the very rich information from interviews and within documents relevant to the Strategy. 

Activity updates:

  • Interviews with more than 34 stakeholders about their views of what is not working well, what is working well and ides for improvement
  • Presentation to the Campus Council in November 2019 with a progress update and discussion of key issues
  • Governance and planning meetings with members of the Strategy Steering Committee
  • Half day workshop on 13 December 2019 with stakeholders to refine the vision for the Strategy and prioritisation of suggested activities
  • Review of recent external reports relevant to the Strategy, including:
    • Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Draft Report
    • Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health Draft Report
    • Commission for Children and Young People report into the children who died by suicide and were known to Child Protection
    • Commission for Children and Young People report into systemic inquiry into the lived experience of children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system
    • Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report into Child and Youth Mental Health

Draft vision statement for the strategy:

By 2025, as a Campus, to be a leader in co-creating, delivering and evaluating best quality and equitable care for the mental health of infants, children and adolescents and their families.

Key Strategic Areas

Developed based on the outcomes of the stakeholder interviews, the following areas of focus are likely to provide the structure for the Strategy:

  • Governance and leadership
  • Family-centred care
  • Evidence base (research)
  • Consistent and quality mental health care (clinical care)
  • Workforce capabilities and capacity
  • Advocacy

Next steps:

  • Commitment to ongoing inclusion of all stakeholders in the development of the Mental Health Strategy, including participation in the working groups implementing the prioritised activities
  • Finalise vision with Campus Mental Health Strategy Steering Committee

Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.


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