Nearly half (45 per cent) of Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Annually, one in five Victorians, or 1.2 million, suffer from a mental illness. Mental illness affects not only an individual's wellbeing and quality of life, but also their physical health and engagement in employment, education and community. Mental illness also has flow-on effects to the human services, general health and justice systems.
This audit determined if people with a mental illness have timely access to appropriate treatment and support services. We examined how the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the mental health system and whether it promotes increased accessibility. We examined DHHS's mental health policies, strategies and plans, the data it collects, and how this informs planning for funding, infrastructure and the workforce.